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.

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