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defensive

1 adjective
     
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de‧fen‧sive1
1 used or intended to protect someone or something against attack [≠ offensive]:
The prince drew up his forces in a strong defensive position.
The rockets are a purely defensive measure against nuclear attack.
2 behaving in a way that shows you think someone is criticizing you even if they are not:
She despised herself for sounding so defensive.
a reserved and defensive manner
3DS American English relating to stopping the other team from getting points in a game [≠ offensive]:
defensive play
defensively adverb
defensiveness noun [uncountable]

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