[dih-fen-siv] /dɪˈfɛn sɪv/

serving to defend; protective:
defensive armament.
made or carried on for the purpose of resisting attack:
defensive treaty; a defensive attitude.
of or relating to defense.

excessively concerned with guarding against the real or imagined threat of criticism, injury to one’s ego, or exposure of one’s shortcomings.
a position or attitude of :
to be on the defensive about one’s mistakes.
Obsolete. something that serves to .
intended, suitable, or done for defence, as opposed to offence
rejecting criticisms of oneself or covering up one’s failings
a position of defence
on the defensive, in an attitude or position of defence, as in being ready to reject criticism

c.1400 (adj. and noun), from French défensif (14c.), from Medieval Latin defensivus, from defens-, past participle stem of Latin defendere (see defend). Of persons, “alert to reject criticism,” from 1919. Related: Defensively; defensiveness.
see: on the defensive


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