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Defensive vs. Defiant

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Defensiveadjective

Intended for defence; protective.

‘a defensive perimeter’;

Defiantadjective

defying.

Defensiveadjective

Intended to deter attack.

‘a defensive missile system’;

Defiantadjective

Boldly resisting opposition.

Defensiveadjective

Performed so as to minimise risk.

‘defensive driving’;

Defiantadjective

Full of defiance; bold; insolent; as, a defiant spirit or act.

‘In attitude stern and defiant.’;

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Defensiveadjective

Displaying an inordinate sensitivity to criticism or intrusion.

Defiantadjective

boldly resisting authority or an opposing force;

‘brought up to be aggressive and defiant’; ‘a defiant attitude’;

Defensiveadjective

(cricket) Of a bowling or fielding tactic designed to prevent the other side from scoring runs; of a batting tactic designed to prevent being out.

Defensiveadjective

Pertaining to defense, as opposed to attack.

‘The victim held up his hand to repel the attacker and received a defensive knife wound.’;

Defensiveadjective

In a state or posture of defense.

Defensivenoun

A means, attitude or position of defense.

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Defensiveadjective

Serving to defend or protect; proper for defense; opposed to offensive; as, defensive armor.

‘A moat defensive to a house.’;

Defensiveadjective

Carried on by resisting attack or aggression; - opposed to offensive; as, defensive war.

Defensiveadjective

In a state or posture of defense.

Defensivenoun

That which defends; a safeguard.

‘Wars preventive, upon just fears, are true defensives.’;

Defensivenoun

an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')

Defensiveadjective

intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack;

‘defensive weapons’; ‘a defensive stance’;

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Defensiveadjective

attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing

Defensiveadjective

serving as or appropriate for defending or protecting;

‘defensive fortifications’; ‘defensive dikes to protect against floods’;

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