defensive

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See also: Defensive and défensive

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French défensif

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈfɛnsɪv/
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Adjective[edit]

defensive (comparative more defensive, superlative most defensive)

  1. Intended for defence; protective.
    a defensive perimeter
  2. Intended to deter attack.
    a defensive missile system
  3. Performed so as to minimise risk.
    defensive driving
  4. Displaying an inordinate sensitivity to criticism or intrusion; oversensitive; thin-skinned.
  5. (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.
  6. (chiefly sports) Pertaining to defense, as opposed to attack.
    The victim held up his hand to repel the attacker and received a defensive knife wound.
    • 2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, “Bulgaria 0-3 England”, in BBC[1]:
      The Italian opted for Bolton's Cahill alongside captain John Terry - and his decision was rewarded with a goal after only 13 minutes. Bulgaria gave a hint of defensive frailties to come when they failed to clear :Template:Ashley Young's corner, and when Gareth Barry found Cahill in the box he applied the finish past Nikolay Mihaylov.
  7. In a state or posture of defense.

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Noun[edit]

defensive (plural defensives)

  1. A means, attitude or position of defense.
    • 2007 May 26, Julia Werdigier, “Consolidating the Banks of Europe”, in New York Times[2]:
      Such kinds of defensives are really rather protecting the local companies than the consumers.

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German[edit]

Adjective[edit]

defensive

  1. inflection of defensiv:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

dēfēnsīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of dēfēnsīvus