Meaning of DEFENSIVE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ dɪˈfensɪv ]

adj. 1 done or intended for defence or to defend. 2 (of a person or attitude) concerned to challenge criticism. øon the defensive 1 expecting criticism. 2 in an attitude or position of defence. øødefensively adv. defensiveness n. [ME f. F d÷fensif -ive f. med.L defensivus (as DEFEND)]

English main colloquial, spoken dictionary.      Английский основной разговорный словарь.