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defensive

(dĭ-fĕn′sĭv)
adj.
1. Intended or appropriate for defending; protective.
2. Psychology Constantly protecting oneself from criticism, exposure of one's shortcomings, or other real or perceived threats to the ego.

de·fen′sive·ly adv.
de·fen′sive·ness n.

defensive

(dĕ-fen′siv)
1. Defending; protecting from injury.
2. In behavioral health, inordinately self-protective, esp. in response to criticism or inquiries by others.
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In the second half they didn't have chances to score so I don't think we played defensively there.
Quinn played a stellar game defensively for the Rams (6-0).
Yes Johnson is good going forward and Milner does a great job defensively.
Normally my players have been magnificent this season defensively and with the ball as well.
I was at Wembley to watch Blues and they showed how vulnerable Arsenal can be defensively.
With 17-goal Lambert spearheading the Pirates' attack Pool will need to tighten up defensively, with Porter (pictured left) admitting he will need to lead their efforts from the front.
As we learned more about the 3-3, and as we evolved defensively, we discovered it was much easier to get into the Bear from the 3-3, and that the 3-3 had many inherent advantages over the 4-3.
Stuck to his guns defensively and got forward effectively.
The 49ers have already lost eight games by ten points or more this term and have rarely faced a team as hot or defensively solid as the Bills - they have met only two teams with winning records.
Five goals conceded in the subsequent five league games suggests that defensively he has got the team back on the right track.
In a line of cases spanning several decades, however, the Florida Supreme Court has ruled on the constitutionality of such statutes when raised defensively by a property appraiser.