Definition of defensive:
arresting, prickly, excusatory, En Garde, opposing, antiaircraft, forestalling, justificative, foiling, in self-defense, unfriendly, protecting, self-protective, armed, checking, averting, thwarting, justificatory, warding off, self-justifying, preventive, withstanding, defensive attitude, defending, apologetic, resistive, on the defensive, antitank, watchful, balking, vindicatory, safeguarding, frustrating, irritable, in opposition, touchy, antisubmarine.
- "The Maids of Paradise", Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers.
Very late in the evening, amidst a general feeling of depression, the Governor published the following despatch from the Commander- in- Chief:- " The enemy having been reported in great force yesterday to the north of Delhi, our army took up a favourable defensive position, and a battle was fought with great honour to the British arms.- "The Coming Conquest of England", August Niemann.
Every man of spirit would desire to use the offensive whether his object were positive or negative, and yet there are a number of cases in which some of the most energetic masters of war have chosen the defensive, and chosen with success.- "Some Principles of Maritime Strategy", Julian Stafford Corbett.