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1. (n) an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase "on the defensive'')
2. (a) intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack; "defensive weapons" "a defensive stance"
3. (s) attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing
4. (s) serving as or appropriate for defending or protecting; "defensive fortifications" "defensive dikes to protect against floods"
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