defensive definition

  • adjective:
    • meant or suitable for protecting; safety.
    • meant to resist or deter aggression or assault: a defensive tools system; protective behavior.
    • Of or relating to the effort to stop an opponent from gaining things in a-game or sports contest.
    • Performed to be able to prevent threat, danger, or legal liability: defensive driving; defensive medication,
    • Of or concerning defense.
    • Psychology continuously safeguarding yourself from critique, exposure of your respective shortcomings, or other real or observed threats into ego.
    • meant for defence; safety
    • meant to deter assault
    • Performed in order to reduce danger
    • Displaying an inordinate sensitiveness to critique; compare paranoid
    • Of a bowling or fielding tactic designed to stop the other side from scoring runs.; of a batting strategy designed to prevent being out.
    • related to security, as opposed to attack.
    • providing to protect or protect; appropriate for defense; against offensive.
    • Carried on by resisting attack or hostility; -- in opposition to offensive.
    • In a state or pose of defense.
    • intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or strike
    • trying to justify or guard in message or writing
  • noun:
    • A means of defense.
    • An attitude or position of protection.
    • A means, mindset or place of security.
    • what defends; a safeguard.
    • what defends or serves for protection; a safeguard; a security.
    • an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the term `on the protective')
  • idiom:
    • in the defensive ready to endure or counter hostility or assault.
  • others:
    • Serving to protect; appropriate for security: as, protective armor.
    • regarding the nature of protection; consisting in resisting assault or violence: as, defensive war, in difference from offensive war, which is aggressive.
    • In circumstances or posture to guard: because, a defensive mindset.

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