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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

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

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

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

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

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
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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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