Definition of defensively adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈfensɪvli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfensɪvli//
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  1. 1in a way that shows that you feel that people are criticizing you ‘I couldn't help it,’ he said defensively.
  2. 2in a way that involves protecting somebody/something against attack The English fought defensively while the Normans repeatedly charged.
  3. 3(sport) in a way that tries to prevent the other team or player from scoring points or goals, rather than trying to score points or goals yourself They played defensively, happy to settle for a draw. opposite offensively, aggressively