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English definition of “defensive”

defensive

adjective (PROTECTING)   /dɪˈfen·sɪv/
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 .
(Definition of defensive adjective (PROTECTING) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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