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Definition of defensive noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

defensive

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noun
NAmE//dɪˈfɛnsɪv//
 
 
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on the defensive
 
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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 to go on the defensive.
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