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offensive

adjective uk   us   /əˈfen.sɪv/

offensive adjective (UPSETTING)

B2 causing offence: This programme contains language that some viewers might find offensive. He told some really offensive sexist jokes.
Opposite
unpleasant: offensive smells
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offensive adjective (ATTACKING)

used for attacking: Since the other side had taken offensive action (= attacked), we had no choice but to defend ourselves. Knives of any sort are classed as offensive weapons.
offensively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
offensiveness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/

offensive

noun [C] uk   us   /əˈfen.sɪv/
a planned military attack: They launched the land offensive in the middle of the night. UN troops have gone on the offensive (= started to attack).take the offensive to attack first
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