1. defensive

adjective. ['dɪˈfɛnsɪv'] intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack.


  • antisubmarine
  • protective
  • en garde
  • antitank
  • antiaircraft


  • offensive
  • permissive
  • tough
  • careless

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Rhymes with Defensive

  • comprehensive
  • inexpensive
  • counteroffensive
  • hypertensive
  • apprehensive
  • inoffensive
  • extensive
  • expensive
  • intensive
  • offensive
  • pensive

How do you pronounce defensive?

Pronounce defensive as dɪˈfɛnsɪv.

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Sentences with defensive

1. Adjective
The defensive pair should start at the net and work together to find a way to defend their court.

2. Noun, singular or mass
Practicing the two-on-two drill will allow teammates to work with an intimate group toward building a strong defensive strategy.

Quotes about defensive

1. Over the years, I've become barraged by comments from people, such as, 'Beam me up, Scotty!' and I became defensive. I felt they were derisive and engendered an attitude. I am grateful for the success, but didn't want to be mocked.
- William Shatner

2. defensive

adjective. ['dɪˈfɛnsɪv'] attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing.


  • justificative
  • apologetic
  • excusatory


  • inculpatory
  • tolerance
  • reverence
  • respect

3. defensive

noun. ['dɪˈfɛnsɪv'] an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive').


  • mental attitude
  • attitude


  • irreverence
  • intolerance
  • unerect