de·fen·sive /dɪˈfɛn(t)sɪv, ˈdiˌ/
de·fen·sive /dɪˈfɛn(t)sɪv, ˈdɪˌ/ 形容詞
1. Serving to defend or protect; proper for defense; opposed to offensive; as, defensive armor.
A moat defensive to a house. --Shak.
2. Carried on by resisting attack or aggression; -- opposed to offensive; as, defensive war.
3. In a state or posture of defense.
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.
adj 1: intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring
aggression or attack; "defensive weapons"; "a
defensive stance" [ant: offensive]
2: attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing [syn: justificative,
3: serving as or appropriate for defending or protecting;
"defensive fortifications"; "defensive dikes to protect
n : an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on
the defensive') [syn: defensive attitude]