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Definition of defensive:

  1. Carried on by resisting attack or aggression; - opposed to offensive; as, defensive war.
  2. In a state or posture of defense.
  3. Serving to defend or protect; proper for defense; opposed to offensive; as, defensive armor.
  4. That which defends; a safeguard.

Synonyms:

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.

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