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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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We had no answers for their offense defensively,'' Grafton coach Chris McMahon said.
In all honesty prior to that nightmare week at the start of October defensively things had been all right and I doubted that getting organised at the back would pose the new manager any real problem.
Japeth Aguilar was startlingly absent in the offensive mix, but remains a force for the Kings defensively inside.
It's up to us to work harder defensively to be more solid, and to score more goals to put on more a show and win matches.
Defensively, there is still a lot of work to be done.
It would make no sense to be bad defensively at home but be outstanding defensively away.
But saying that, I don't think we played defensively there in the same way that we didn't play defensively at Liverpool.
Arsenal had started the season well defensively, conceding just two goals in their opening five matches, but Wenger was critical of his defenders after the 2-1 loss to Chelsea.
She played well offensively and defensively and showed leadership.
The key to playing Arsenal is to be defensively strong and take any chances you get - that's why I give West Brom a chance.
HARTLEPOOL United striker Joel Porter admits his team will have to improve defensively if they hope to contain Bristol Rovers' prolific target man Rickie Lambert.
FOOTBALL Rangers defender David Weir insists the Light Blues are being "stereotyped" as defensively minded after another clean sheet in Europe at Ibrox kept them in with a chance of making the UEFA Cup final in Manchester next month.