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Synonyms for defensive
dɪˈfɛn sɪvde·fen·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defensive, defensive attitudeadjective

    an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')

    defensive attitude

    tip-and-run, unapologetic, predatory, antipersonnel, on the offensive(p), invading, attacking(a), marauding, incursive, hit-and-run, assaultive, offensive, invasive, raiding

  2. defensiveadjective

    intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack

    "defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance"

    justificative, justificatory

    incursive, offensive, antipersonnel, invading, predatory, attacking(a), invasive, tip-and-run, on the offensive(p), assaultive, unapologetic, raiding, hit-and-run, marauding

  3. defensive, justificative, justificatoryadjective

    attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing

    justificative, vindicatory, justificatory

    antipersonnel, offensive, predatory, incursive, on the offensive(p), marauding, invasive, attacking(a), unapologetic, raiding, assaultive, tip-and-run, hit-and-run, invading

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  1. List of paraphrases for "defensive":

    defense, defence

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How to use defensive in a sentence?

  1. Jaber Ansari:

    Iran will resolutely respond to any interfering action by America against its defensive programs.

  2. Masaru Hamasaki:

    Many of the defensive stocks are already at expensive levels, so key is whether the country's fiscal policy can help domestic-demand sensitive companies further grow.

  3. Kasper Elmgreen:

    It's a bit of a surprise, the traditional defensive sectors have played defensive, but telecoms have not really been defensive.

  4. Larry Tramutola:

    What this is going to say is this is more of a national issue, there's a very good chance both of these pass, and if they do it blows a major hole in the industry defensive.

  5. Joseph Dunford:

    No single system is going to be able to defend against a threat like that, but a layered system of defensive capabilities would mitigate the risk of swarms of drones or other attacks that may come from Iran.

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