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defensive

adjective  us   /dɪˈfen·sɪv/

defensive adjective (PROTECTING)

intended to protect against attack or harm: a defensive strategy It’s too late to sign up for the defensive driving class. If someone is defensive, the person feels criticized and quickly tries to explain: Don’t be defensive – I’m just asking why you didn’t vote.

defensive adjective (SPORTS)

trying to prevent the opposing player or players from scoring points: The team’s defensive strategy was effective.
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