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



    BrE BrE//dɪˈfensɪvnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfensɪvnəs//
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  1. 1the quality of showing that you feel people are criticizing you There was a hint of defensiveness in his voice.
  2. 2the quality or action of trying to protect somebody/something against attack Defensiveness is a strong characteristic of honeybees.
  3. 3(sport) a way of playing that tries to prevent the other team or player from scoring points or goals This rule is intended to balance defensiveness and aggressiveness.