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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

When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That's when you can get more creative in solving problems.
Stephen Covey

I used to feel defensive when people would say, 'Yes, but your books have happy endings', as if that made them worthless, or unrealistic. Some people do get happy endings, even if it's only for a while. I would rather never be published again than write a downbeat ending.
Marian Keyes

Everything has changed. An interview has become such a confrontational thing. It makes you very defensive.
Francesca Annis

Much of the time, the things we feel guilty about are not our issues. Another person behaves inappropriately or in some way violates our boundaries. We challenge the behavior, and the person gets angry and defensive. Then we feel guilty.
Melody Beattie

I'm a little territorial and defensive. I don't like having my space invaded.
Shia LaBeouf
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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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