Meaning of DEFENSIVE in English

adj.1 done or intended for defence or to defend.

2 (of a person or attitude) concerned to challenge criticism.

Phrases and idioms:

on the defensive

1. expecting criticism.

2 in an attitude or position of defence.


defensively adv. defensiveness n.

Etymology: ME f. F d{eacute}fensif -ive f. med.L defensivus (as DEFEND)

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