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- Defensive positions, weapons, plans, etc. are used to protect against attack.
- China's growth puts Canadian employers in a defensive position.
- (sports) A defensive player tries to stop the other team from scoring.
- If someone is being defensive or on the defensive, they feel unsure about their position, and they try to show that they are right.
- Antonym: confident
- I don't know why she gets very defensive every time I ask about her job.