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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·fen·sive, n. That which defends; a safeguard.
    Wars preventive, upon just fears, are true defensives.   --Bacon.
 To be on the defensive, To stand on the defensive, to be or stand in a state or posture of defense or resistance, in opposition to aggression or attack.