Defensive

  • 1défensive — ● défensive nom féminin Ensemble de mesures permettant d éviter ou de réduire l effet d une agression. Attitude adoptée par le commandement et qui, se limitant à parer les entreprises de l adversaire, lui abandonne provisoirement l initiative des …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2defensive — Ⅰ. defensive UK US /dɪˈfensɪv/ adjective ► FINANCE, STOCK MARKET an investment that is defensive is very safe, with little or no risk, and its value does not change very much over a period of time: »a defensive share/stock ► trying to protect… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3Defensive — De*fen sive, a. [Cf. F. d[ e]fensif.] 1. Serving to defend or protect; proper for defense; opposed to offensive; as, defensive armor. [1913 Webster] A moat defensive to a house. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Carried on by resisting attack or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4defensive — de·fen·sive adj 1: serving to defend or as part of a defense a defensive pleading 2: devoted to resisting or preventing aggressive actions a defensive recapitalization...to escape a takeover attempt Barbara Franklin de·fen·sive·ly adv …

    Law dictionary

  • 5Defensive — De*fen sive, n. That which defends; a safeguard. [1913 Webster] Wars preventive, upon just fears, are true defensives. Bacon. [1913 Webster] {To be on the defensive}, {To stand on the defensive}, to be or stand in a state or posture of defense or …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6defensive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) used or intended to defend or protect. 2) very anxious to challenge or avoid criticism. ● on the defensive Cf. ↑on the defensive DERIVATIVES defensively adverb defensiveness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7defensive — [dē fen′siv, difen′siv] adj. [ME & OFr defensif < ML defensivus < L defensus: see DEFENSE] 1. defending 2. of or for defense 3. designating or of the side that defends a goal, basket, etc. in a contest 4. Psychol. constantly feeling under… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8Defensive — (v. lat.), die Vertheidigung gegen einen Feind, sofern sie der Offensive, dem Angriff, entgegengesetzt ist …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 9Defensive — (lat.), die Form kriegerischer Tätigkeit, bei der es, im Gegensatz zur Offensive (s.d.), auf Verteidigung, nicht auf Angriff abgesehen ist. Die D. hat durch die Verbesserung der Waffen außerordentlich an Kraft gewonnen, dennoch wird man aus ihr… …

    Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • 10defensive — c.1400 (adj. and noun), from Fr. défensif (14c.), from M.L. defensivus, from defens , pp. stem of L. defendere (see DEFEND (Cf. defend)). Of persons, alert to reject criticism, from 1919. Related: Defensively; defensiveness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 11defensive — [adj] protective, watchful arresting, averting, balking, checking, conservative, coping with, defending, foiling, forestalling, frustrating, guarding, in opposition, interrupting, opposing, preservative, preventive, protecting, resistive,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 12defensive — de|fen|sive1 [dıˈfensıv] adj 1.) used or intended to protect someone or something against attack ≠ ↑offensive ▪ The prince drew up his forces in a strong defensive position. ▪ The rockets are a purely defensive measure against nuclear attack. 2.) …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13defensive — [[t]dɪfe̱nsɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n You use defensive to describe things that are intended to protect someone or something. The Government hastily organized defensive measures, deploying searchlights and anti aircraft guns around the target… …

    English dictionary

  • 14defensive — I adj. defensive about (they were very defensive about their party s record on tax reform) II n. on the defensive (to put smb. on the defensive) * * * [dɪ fensɪv] defensive about (they were very defensive about their party s record on tax reform) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15defensive — de|fen|sive1 [ dı fensıv ] adjective ** 1. ) showing that you are angry or offended when you think someone is criticizing you: He got really defensive when I asked why he had left. 2. ) intended or used for protecting a place during an attack:… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16defensive — I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. serving to defend or protect < defensive fortifications > 2. a. devoted to resisting or preventing aggression or attack < defensive behavior > b. of or relating to the attempt to keep an opponent from scoring in …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17Defensive — Abwehr; Widerstand; Gegenwehr; Verteidigung * * * De|fen|si|ve 〈[ və] f. 19〉 Abwehr, Verteidigung, Abwehrstellung; Sy Defensivstellung; Ggs Offensive ● sich in der Defensive befinden; in der Defensive bleiben [&LT;frz. défensive&#8230; …

    Universal-Lexikon

  • 18defensive — adj. 1 protecting against attack VERBS ▪ be ADVERB ▪ purely ▪ These are purely defensive measures. ▪ essentially, largely …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19defensive — defensively, adv. defensiveness, n. /di fen siv/, adj. 1. serving to defend; protective: defensive armament. 2. made or carried on for the purpose of resisting attack: defensive treaty; a defensive attitude. 3. of or pertaining to defense. 4. (of …

    Universalium

  • 20defensive — 1 adjective 1 used or intended to protect people against attack: The rockets are a purely defensive measure against nuclear attack. opposite offensive 1 (3) 2 behaving in a way that shows you think someone is criticizing you even if they are not …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English