defensive

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Adjective[change]

Positive
defensive

Comparative
more defensive

Superlative
most defensive

  1. Defensive positions, weapons, plans, etc. are used to protect against attack.
    China's growth puts Canadian employers in a defensive position.
  2. (sports) A defensive player tries to stop the other team from scoring.
    A $ 10 million bonus, makes him the highest-paid defensive player in the National Football League.
  3. If someone is being defensive or on the defensive, they feel unsure about their position, and they try to show that they are right.
    I don't know why she gets very defensive every time I ask about her job.

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