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English definition of “defensive”

defensive

adjective (PROTECTING)    /dɪˈfen.sɪv/
used to protect someone or something against attack: These are purely defensive weapons, not designed for attack. → Opposite offensive adjectiveDefending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and savingResponding to an attackArms and munitions in general
(Definition of defensive adjective (PROTECTING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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