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Definition of Defensive


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

Defensive Quotations

Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terrorism have reduced the pace of military transformation and have revealed our lack of preparation for defensive and stability operations. This Administration has overextended our military.
Barack Obama

Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything.
Harry S. Truman

You have to feel confident. If you don't, then you're going to be hesitant and defensive, and there'll be a lot of things working against you.
Clint Eastwood

Riding a motorcycle on today's highways, you have to ride in a very defensive manner. You have to be a good rider and you have to have both hands and both feet on the controls at all times.
Evel Knievel

It is the habit of every aggressor nation to claim that it is acting on the defensive.
Jawaharlal Nehru
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Defensive Translations

defensive in German is defensiv
defensive in Norwegian is defensiv, i forsvar
defensive in Spanish is defensivo

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