Synonyms of defensive


1. defensive, defensive attitude, attitude, mental attitude

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


1. defensive (vs. offensive), antiaircraft, antisubmarine, antitank, defending, en garde, protective

usage: intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack; "defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance"

2. defensive, justificative, justificatory, apologetic (vs. unapologetic), excusatory

usage: attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing

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