Meaning of DEFENSIVE in English

— defensively , adv. — defensiveness , n.

/di fen"siv/ , adj.

1. serving to defend; protective: defensive armament.

2. made or carried on for the purpose of resisting attack: defensive treaty; a defensive attitude.

3. of or pertaining to defense.

4. (of stocks, securities, etc.)

a. able to provide moderately steady growth with minimal risk: The bank has put a large percentage of its assets in defensive rather than growth stocks.

b. considered stable and relatively safe for investment, esp. during a decline in the economy.

5. excessively concerned with guarding against the real or imagined threat of criticism, injury to one's ego, or exposure of one's shortcomings.


6. a position or attitude of defense: to be on the defensive about one's mistakes.

7. Obs. something that serves to defend.

[ 1350-1400; defensivus (see DEFENSE, -IVE); r. ME defensif ]

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