• (British) IPA: /dɪˈfɛnsɪv/


  1. Intended for defence; protective.
    a defensive perimeter
  2. Intended to deter attack.
    a defensive missile system
  3. Performed so as to minimise risk.
    defensive driving
  4. Displaying an inordinate sensitivity to criticism or intrusion.
  5. (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.
  6. (mostly, sports) Pertaining to defense, as opposed to attack.
    The victim held up his hand to repel the attacker and received a defensive knife wound.
  7. In a state or posture of defense.
Antonyms Translations
  • Russian: оборони́тельный

defensive (plural defensives)

  1. A means, attitude or position of defense.
  • Portuguese: defensiva
  • Russian: оборо́на
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