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defensive

de·fen·sive

defensive

 
 
pronunciation:
di fen sihv
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: suitable for or serving as a defense.
defensive measures
definition 2: done in order to defend against attack.
a defensive argument
antonyms:
offensive
definition 3: of or relating to defense.
 
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.)