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offensive

noun [C]  /əˈfen·sɪv/ us  

offensive noun [C] (MILITARY ATTACK)

a planned military attack: They launched the land offensive in the middle of the night.

offensive

adjective  /əˈfen·sɪv/ us  

offensive adjective (OF A MILITARY ATTACK)

relating to or being a planned military attack: an offensive action

offensive adjective (OF BAD FEELINGS)

causing someone to be upset or to have hurt feelings: offensive comments/jokes Offensive can be used more generally to mean unpleasant: an offensive odor
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