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1. defensive

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

Synonyms

  • antisubmarine
  • protective
  • en garde
  • antitank
  • antiaircraft

Antonyms

  • offensive
  • permissive
  • tough
  • careless

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Words that Rhyme with Defensive Attitude

  • gratitude
  • latitude

2. defensive

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

Synonyms

  • justificative
  • apologetic
  • excusatory

Antonyms

  • inculpatory
  • tolerance
  • reverence
  • respect

3. defensive

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

Synonyms

  • mental attitude
  • attitude

Antonyms

  • irreverence
  • intolerance
  • unerect

4. attitude

noun. ['ˈætəˌtuːd'] a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways.

Synonyms

  • mindset
  • tolerance
  • paternalism
  • knowledge
  • outlook
  • regard
  • mentality
  • acceptance
  • high horse
  • mind-set
  • defensive attitude
  • stance
  • posture
  • disposition
  • esteem
  • disrespect
  • southernism
  • mental attitude
  • credence
  • position
  • hardball
  • reverence
  • defensive
  • orientation
  • inclination
  • tendency
  • respect
  • cognition
  • culture
  • irreverence
  • intolerance

Antonyms

  • reverence
  • respect
  • disrespect
  • irreverence
  • intolerance

Etymology

  • attitude (French)
  • attitudine (Italian)

5. attitude

noun. ['ˈætəˌtuːd'] the arrangement of the body and its limbs.

Synonyms

  • vertical
  • guard
  • eversion
  • ballet position
  • stance
  • posture
  • pose
  • order arms
  • tuck
  • position
  • bodily property
  • upright
  • ectopia
  • missionary position
  • lithotomy position
  • lotus position
  • sprawling
  • decubitus
  • unerect
  • erect
  • sprawl
  • presentation

Antonyms

  • erect
  • narrow-mindedness
  • unbelief
  • esteem

Etymology

  • attitude (French)
  • attitudine (Italian)

6. attitude

noun. ['ˈætəˌtuːd'] a theatrical pose created for effect.

Synonyms

  • affectation
  • mannerism
  • affectedness

Antonyms

  • ability
  • permissive
  • unpermissive
  • unpermissiveness

Etymology

  • attitude (French)
  • attitudine (Italian)

7. attitude

noun. ['ˈætəˌtuːd'] position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of reference (the horizon or direction of motion).

Synonyms

  • orientation

Antonyms

  • disesteem
  • inattention

Etymology

  • attitude (French)
  • attitudine (Italian)

Example sentences of the word defensive-attitude


1. Noun Phrase
If padding your feedback with compliments isn’t effective, it’s important to address the defensive attitude head-on.

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