- 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.
- (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.
- (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:
- 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 Young's corner, and when Gareth Barry found Cahill in the box he applied the finish past Nikolay Mihaylov.
- In a state or posture of defense.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
intended for defence; protective
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defensive (plural defensives)
- A means, attitude or position of defense.
2007 May 26, Julia Werdigier, “Consolidating the Banks of Europe”, in New York Times:
- Such kinds of defensives are really rather protecting the local companies than the consumers.
means, attitude or position
- inflected form of