(noun, adjective)


1. intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack

- defensive weapons

- a defensive stance

Similar word(s): antiaircraft, antisubmarine, antitank, defending, protective

2. attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing

Similar word(s): apologetic, excusatory, justificative, justificatory

Sentences with defensive as an adjective:

- a defensive perimeter

- a defensive missile system

- defensive driving


1. an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')

Definition categories: thought, attitude