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de·fen·sive

defensive

 
 
pronunciation:
dih fen sihv
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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Word Combinations (adjective)
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: intended for defense or protection, or serving to defend or protect.
Defensive fortifications were built along the sea coast.Defensive measures were taken to protect the island from invasion.
similar words:
protective
definition 2: done in order to defend against attack.
The defensive maneuver succeeded in fending off the attack.If your opponent brings up that matter, you'll need to be ready with a defensive argument.
antonyms:
offensive
definition 3: of or relating to defense.
Greater defensive planning is called for.
definition 4: taking or tending to take an excessively self-protective stance when feeling as if one is being criticized or that one's ego is being threatened.
He is always defensive about the failure of his business; according to him, everything was his partner's fault.She's a rather defensive person and reacts angrily to even the mildest criticism.
definition 5: reflecting a need to protect oneself from a real or perceived attack.
When I asked a question about the decision, he answered in an angry and defensive tone.
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part of speech: noun
definition: an attitude of defense; readiness to defend, esp. oneself.
He is always on the defensive at the staff meetings.
derivations: defensively (adv.), defensiveness (n.)