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Defensive

De`fen´sive
a.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.
n.1.That which defends; a safeguard.
To be on the defensive
to be or stand in a state or posture of defense or resistance, in opposition to aggression or attack.
Noun1.defensive - an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')
Adj.1.defensive - intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack; "defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance"
Antonyms:
offensive - for the purpose of attack rather than defense; "offensive weapons"
2.defensive - attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing
3.defensive - serving as or appropriate for defending or protecting; "defensive fortifications"; "defensive dikes to protect against floods"
covering, custodial, defending, fostering, guardian, guarding, immunizing, parental, preventive, prophylactic, protecting, protective, safeguarding, screening, self-defensive, self-preservative, self-protective, sheltering, shielding, tutelary, vigilant, watchful
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