Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

Intended or suitable for defense; done in defense; making defense.

Part of speech: noun

An attitude or condition of defense.

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Usage examples "defensive":

  1. He was on the defensive now; explaining why he had a right to question his Commander. - "Greylorn", John Keith Laumer.
  2. But in this old- fashioned garden, in the midst of these old- fashioned flowers, with all the gentlenesses of old- fashioned life suggested by them, it is easier to imagine the people themselves than where all is so cold, hard, severe- so much on the defensive, as in that huge, sullen pile on the hilltop. - "Donal Grant", George MacDonald.
  3. Or, if she thought best, we would stand on the defensive. - "The-Brick-Moon-and-Other-Stories", Hale, Edward Everett.