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  • Intended for defence; protective
         
  • A defensive perimeter
  • Intended to deter attack
         
  • A defensive missile system
  • Performed so as to minimise risk
         
  • Defensive driving
  • Displaying an inordinate sensitivity to criticism; cf. paranoid
  • (cricket) Of a bowling or fielding tactic designed to prevent the other side from scoring runs.; of a batting tactic designed to prevent being out.
  • A means, attitude or position of defense.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



De*fen"sive (?), a. [Cf. F. défensif.] 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.
Bacon.

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.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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