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Meaning & Definition of Defensive in English

English

Defensive

/dɪfɛnsɪv/

noun

1. An attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')

    synonym:
  • defensive
  • ,
  • defensive attitude

adjective

1. Intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack

  • "Defensive weapons"
  • "A defensive stance"
    synonym:
  • defensive

2. Attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing

    synonym:
  • defensive
  • ,
  • justificative
  • ,
  • justificatory