Meaning of DEFENSIVE in English


You use ~ to describe things that are intended to protect someone or something.

The Government hastily organized ~ measures against the raids...

ADJ: usu ADJ n


Someone who is ~ is behaving in a way that shows they feel unsure or threatened.

Like their children, parents are often ~ about their private lives.



‘Oh, I know, I know,’ said Kate, ~ly.



He felt a certain ~ness about his position.



If someone is on the ~, they are trying to protect themselves or their interests because they feel unsure or threatened.

Accusations are likely to put the other person on the ~...

PHRASE: usu v-link PHR, PHR after v


In sports, ~ play is play that is intended to prevent your opponent from scoring goals or points against you.

I’d always played a ~ game, waiting for my opponent to make a mistake.

? attacking

ADJ: usu ADJ n


Mexico did not play ~ly.

ADV: ADV after v

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