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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 de·fen·sive /dɪˈfɛn(t)sɪv, ˈdiˌ/
 (a.)防衛的,防備用的,辯護的守勢,防衛姿勢,防衛物

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 de·fen·sive /dɪˈfɛn(t)sɪv, ˈdɪˌ/ 形容詞
 防禦性的,防禦的

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·fen·sive a.
 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.

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.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 defensive
      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,
          justificatory]
      3: serving as or appropriate for defending or protecting;
         "defensive fortifications"; "defensive dikes to protect
         against floods"
      n : an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on
          the defensive') [syn: defensive attitude]