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Definition of defensive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    defensive

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//dɪˈfɛnsɪv//
     
     
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  1. 1protecting someone or something against attack a defensive measure Troops took up a defensive position around the town. compare offensive
  2. 2behaving in a way that shows that you feel that people are criticizing you Don't ask him about his plans—he just gets defensive.
  3. 3(sport) connected with trying to prevent the other team or player from scoring points or goals defensive play compare offensive
  4. defensively
     
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    adverb
  6. defensiveness
     
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  7.  
    noun [uncountable]
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: defensive