Definition of 'defensive'
- an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')
Synonyms: defensive attitude
- intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack; "defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance"
- attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing
Synonyms: justificative justificatory
- serving as or appropriate for defending or protecting; "defensive fortifications"; "defensive dikes to protect against floods"