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defensive

adjective     /dɪˈfensɪv/
CRITICISM
quick to protect yourself from being criticized: He's very defensive about his weight.Defending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving
SPORT mainly US
A defensive player in a sports team tries to stop the other team scoring points.Competitors and participants in sports and games
ATTACK
done or used to protect someone or something from attackDefending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and savingResponding to an attack
defensively adverb
"I wasn't even there," she said defensively.
(Definition of defensive adjective from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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