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de·fen·sive

 (dĭ-fĕn′sĭv)
adj.
1. Intended or appropriate for defending; protective.
2.
a. Intended to withstand or deter aggression or attack: a defensive weapons system; defensive behavior.
b. Of or relating to the effort to prevent an opponent from gaining points in a game or athletic contest.
c. Performed so as to avoid risk, danger, or legal liability: defensive driving; defensive medicine.
3. Of or relating to defense.
4. Psychology Constantly protecting oneself from criticism, exposure of one's shortcomings, or other real or perceived threats to the ego.
n.
1. A means of defense.
2. An attitude or position of defense.
Idiom:
on the defensive
Prepared to withstand or counter aggression or attack.

de·fen′sive·ly adv.
de·fen′sive·ness n.
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defensive

(dɪˈfɛnsɪv)
adj
1. intended, suitable, or done for defence, as opposed to offence
2. (Psychology) rejecting criticisms of oneself or covering up one's failings
n
3. a position of defence
4. on the defensive in an attitude or position of defence, as in being ready to reject criticism
deˈfensively adv
deˈfensiveness n
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de•fen•sive

(dɪˈfɛn sɪv)

adj.
1. serving or done for the purpose of resisting attack.
2. of or pertaining to defense.
3. sensitive to the threat of criticism or injury to one's ego.
n.
4. a position or attitude of defense: on the defensive about one's mistakes.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin]
de′fen′sive•ly, adv.
de•fen′sive•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.defensive - an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')defensive - an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')
attitude, mental attitude - a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways; "he had the attitude that work was fun"
Adj.1.defensive - intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack; "defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance"
protective - intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind; "a protective covering"; "the use of protective masks and equipment"; "protective coatings"; "kept the drunken sailor in protective custody"; "animals with protective coloring"; "protective tariffs"
offensive - for the purpose of attack rather than defense; "offensive weapons"
2.defensive - attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing
apologetic, excusatory - offering or expressing apology; "an apologetic note"; "an apologetic manner"
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defensive

adjective
2. oversensitive, neurotic, prickly, uptight (informal), thin-skinned, self-justifying, easily offended She heard the blustering, defensive note in his voice.
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Translations
دِفاعي، وِقائي
obranný
defensivforsvars-
varnar-
obranný
obramben
savunmaya yönelik

defensive

[dɪˈfensɪv]
A. ADJ [attitude, measures, play] → defensivo
B. Ndefensiva f
to be/go on the defensiveestar/ponerse a la defensiva
C. CPD defensive works NPLfortificaciones fpl
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defensive

[dɪˈfɛnsɪv]
adj
[weapon] → défensif/ive
(= self-protective) [person] → sur la défensive; [position, attitude] → défensif/ive
ndéfensive f
to be on the defensive → être sur la défensive
to put sb on the defensive → mettre qn sur la défensive
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defensive

adjdefensiv (also fig); a good defensive playerein guter Verteidiger
n (Mil) → Verteidigungs- or Abwehraktion f; to be on the defensive (Mil, fig) → in der Defensive sein; to put somebody on the defensive (fig)jdn in die Defensive drängen; to go onto the defensive (fig)sich in die Defensive begeben
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defensive

[dɪˈfɛnsɪv]
1. adjdifensivo/a; (person) → sulla difensiva
2. n on the defensivesulla difensiva
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defend

(diˈfend) verb
1. to guard or protect against attack. The soldiers defended the castle; I am prepared to defend my opinions.
2. to conduct the defence of (a person) in a law-court.
deˈfendant noun
a person accused or sued in a law-court.
deˈfender noun
a person who defends (someone or something). the defenders of the castle.
deˈfensive (-siv) adjective
protective or resisting attack. a defensive attitude; defensive action.
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References in classic literature ?
Standing on the defensive indicates insufficient strength; attacking, a superabundance of strength.
Travelling hard all night, we found ourselves next morning past the plain; but the road we were in was not more commodious, the points of the rocks pierced our feet; to increase our perplexities we were alarmed with the approach of an armed troop, which our fear immediately suggested to be the Galles, who chiefly beset these passes of the mountains; we put ourselves on the defensive, and expected them, whom, upon a more exact examination, we found to be only a caravan of merchants come as usual to fetch salt.
They quarter over the ground again and again, Tom always on the defensive.