Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French défensif, -ive, from medieval Latin defensivus, from Latin defens-nounjump to other results
BrE BrE//dɪˈfensɪv//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfensɪv//
acting in a way that shows that you expect to be attacked or criticized; having to defend yourself Their questions about the money put her on the defensive. Warnings of an enemy attack forced the troops onto the defensive.
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