Definitions for: Defensive

[n] an attitude of defense; especially in the phrase"on the defensive"
[adj] intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack; "defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance"
[adj] attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing
[adj] serving as or appropriate for defending or protecting; "defensive fortifications"; "defensive dikes to protect against floods"

Webster (1913) Definition: De*fen"sive, a. [Cf. F. d['e]fensif.]
1. Serving to defend or protect; proper for defense; opposed
to offensive; as, defensive armor.

A moat defensive to a house. --Shak.

2. Carried on by resisting attack or aggression; -- opposed
to offensive; as, defensive war.

3. In a state or posture of defense. --Milton.

De*fen"sive, n.
That which defends; a safeguard.

Wars preventive, upon just fears, are true defensives.

To be on the defensive, To stand on the defensive, to be
or stand in a state or posture of defense or resistance,
in opposition to aggression or attack.

Synonyms: antiaircraft, antisubmarine, antitank, apologetic, defending, defensive attitude, en garde, excusatory, justificative, justificatory

Antonyms: offensive

See Also: attitude, mental attitude, protective

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