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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

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

The idea that a war can be won by standing on the defensive and waiting for the enemy to attack is a dangerous fallacy, which owes its inception to the desire to evade the price of victory.
Douglas Haig

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

Iran has little capacity to deploy force. Its strategic doctrines are defensive, designed to deter invasion long enough for diplomacy to set it.
Noam Chomsky
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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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