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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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He fought coolly, but with a savage persistence that bore little semblance to purely defensive action.
The second is passive, defensive,--to it belongs the "struggle for existence.
On the other hand, he believed that the second or slave-morality, where it became paramount, led to degeneration, because it was passive and defensive, wanting merely to keep those who practised it alive.
They are all on the defensive, lose their tempers, as though they all want to make one feel something.
The relations between Durdles and Deputy are of a capricious kind; for, on Durdles's turning himself about with the slow gravity of beery suddenness, Deputy makes a pretty wide circuit into the road and stands on the defensive.
Again he glanced inquisitively round the room or seemed to do so, for his face was nearly hidden by the bandage--and again facing sharply towards Hugh, grasped his stick as if he half expected to be set upon, and stood on the defensive.
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Nick Holt was 5-18 in two seasons at Idaho before returning this season to work for Carroll as USC's defensive coordinator.
The third defensive stunt that can be executed in the "3 Press" defensive package is similar to the one used in both other zone presses.
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The basic terminology, the slides and rotations, the needed techniques, the names of all the pressing positions in the three zone press defenses are all very comparable in the same overall press defensive system.