Translation of "defensive" - English-Spanish dictionary


adjective uk /dɪˈfen.sɪv/ us

used to protect someone or something against attack

These are purely defensive weapons, not designed for attack.
→ Opposite offensive adjective (ATTACKING)

too quick to protect yourself from being criticized

defensivo, a la defensiva
When asked about his decision, he got very defensive.
There’s no need to get so defensive!

in a sports event, trying to prevent the opposing player or players from scoring points, goals, etc.

He’s currently the best defensive player on the team.
noun uk /dɪˈfen.sɪv/ us
on the defensive

I ready to protect yourself because you are expecting to be criticized or attacked

a la defensiva
defensively adverb uk /-li/ us

defensivamente, a la defensiva
defensiveness noun [ no plural ] uk /-nəs/ us

(Translation of “defensive” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)