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adjective. ['dɪˈfɛnsɪv'] intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack.
- en garde
Rhymes with Defensive
How do you pronounce defensive?
Pronounce defensive as dɪˈfɛnsɪv.
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Sentences with defensive
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
adjective. ['dɪˈfɛnsɪv'] attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing.
noun. ['dɪˈfɛnsɪv'] an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive').
- mental attitude