AskDefine | Define defensive

Dictionary Definition

defensive adj
1 intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack; "defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance" [ant: offensive]
2 attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing [syn: justificative, justificatory]
3 serving as or appropriate for defending or protecting; "defensive fortifications"; "defensive dikes to protect against floods" n : an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive') [syn: defensive attitude]

User Contributed Dictionary



  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; compare paranoid
  5. Of a bowling or fielding tactic designed to prevent the other side from scoring runs.; of a batting tactic designed to prevent being out.


intended for defence; protective


  1. A means, attitude or position of defense.

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Defense or defence (see -ce/-se) may refer to:
The tactics and strategy of defending against attack:
In politics and economics:
In psychology:
It may also refer to:
defensive in German: Verteidigung
defensive in Spanish: Defensa
defensive in French: Défense
defensive in Dutch: Defensie
defensive in Japanese: 防御
defensive in Portuguese: Defesa
defensive in Serbian: Одбрана
defensive in Tagalog: Depensa
defensive in Chinese: 防守

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