|1.||[ adjective ] intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack|
"defensive weapons" "a defensive stance"
|Related terms:||offensive antisubmarine defending en_garde antitank antiaircraft protective|
|2.||[ adjective ] attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing|
|Synonyms:||justificative justificatory excusatory|
|3.||[ adjective ] serving as or appropriate for defending or protecting|
"defensive fortifications" "defensive dikes to protect against floods"
|4.||[ noun ] an attitude of defense; especially in the phrase "on the defensive"|