Defensive

Definition of Defensive

De`fen´sive
a.1.Serving to defend or protect; proper for defense; opposed to offensive; as, defensive armor.
A moat defensive to a house.
- Shak.
2.Carried on by resisting attack or aggression; - opposed to offensive; as, defensive war.
3.In a state or posture of defense.
n.1.That which defends; a safeguard.
Wars preventive, upon just fears, are true defensives.
- Bacon.
To be on the defensive
to be or stand in a state or posture of defense or resistance, in opposition to aggression or attack.

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