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English definition of “defensive”

defensive

adjective (SENSITIVE)    /dɪˈfen.sɪv/
C2 too quick to protect yourself from being criticized: When asked about his decision, he got very defensive. There's no need to get so defensive!Answering and respondingDenying and contradicting
(Definition of defensive adjective (SENSITIVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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