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Definition 1: an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive') - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for defensive in the sense of this definition

(defensive is a kind of ...) a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways

"he had the attitude that work was fun"

Definition 2: intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where defensive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • defensive weapons
  • a defensive stance

(defensive is similar to ...) designed for defense from a surface position against air attack

(defensive is similar to ...) defensive against enemy submarines

(defensive is similar to ...) designed for defense against armored vehicles

(defensive is similar to ...) attempting to or designed to prevent an opponent from winning or scoring

(defensive is similar to ...) (fencing) in a defensive stance

(means also ...) intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind

"a protective covering" "the use of protective masks and equipment" "protective coatings" "kept the drunken sailor in protective custody" "animals with protective coloring" "protective tariffs"

Definition 3: attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for defensive in the sense of this definition

(defensive is similar to ...) offering or expressing apology

"an apologetic note" "an apologetic manner"

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