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Definition of defensive noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

defensive

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BrE BrE//dɪˈfensɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfensɪv//
 
 
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Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French défensif, -ive, from medieval Latin defensivus, from Latin defens- ‘warded off’, from the verb defendere, from de- ‘off’ + -fendere ‘to strike’.Idioms
on/onto 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 onto the defensive.
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