What does the word defensive mean?

Usage examples for defensive

  1. He was on the defensive now; explaining why he had a right to question his Commander. – Greylorn by 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 by George MacDonald
  3. Or, if she thought best, we would stand on the defensive. – The-Brick-Moon-and-Other-Stories by Hale, Edward Everett