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Definition of 'defensive'


  1. an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')
       Synonyms: defensive attitude


  1. intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack; "defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance"
       Antonyms: offensive
  2. attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing
       Synonyms: justificative justificatory
  3. serving as or appropriate for defending or protecting; "defensive fortifications"; "defensive dikes to protect against floods"

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