defensive


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to defensive: defensive attitude

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
For example, if the defensive coach is concerned about a possible trap play to the strong side, he may be hesitant about calling a Strong slant.
Aside from the "clearly defensive message" of Tel Hai, the only piece of evidence Shapira adduces for the genuineness of the "defensive ethos" was Ben-Gurion's allegedly tireless efforts to "forge an alliance between Arab and Jewish workers.
Arming your company Once the CFO and the other members of the special team have a good grasp of the company's vulnerabilities, they should undertake a careful review of the defensive measures already in place and determine whether additional measures are appropriate.
This second defensive stunt can evolve from any of the previous defensive alignments only after the initial inbounded pass.
Regardless of the overall defensive philosophy a team subscribes to, coaches and players should understand that the seeds of victory or defeat can be sown in the Coming Out Area.
The use of the specific defensive numbers will allow the defensive team to operate any of the full-court defenses before retreating into a half-court defense.
The first digit of the defensive call indicates the full-court defense, while the second digit selects the half-court defense.