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defensively Syllabification: de·fen·sive·ly
Pronunciation: /dəˈfensivlē/

Definition of defensively in English:


1In a manner intended to defend or protect: both countries say they acted defensively when they sent troops in
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  • The gatekeepers of information and judgment will instinctively and defensively protect their turf, rather than question their own legitimacy.
  • This tradition of saving up to wage war, either aggressively or defensively, has continued on into the modern world of corporate warfare.
  • The only real thing which can change this is to raise awareness of drivers, and to encourage bikers to protect themselves and ride defensively.
1.1In a way that relates to the defending of a goal against the opposition in sports: the team is struggling defensively a complete player both offensively and defensively
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  • Michelle has been rock-solid for us all season and she's really starting to improve defensively.
  • Indeed, the Warriors had more lapses defensively and were frustrated offensively, as they have been throughout 2004.
  • I find it an honour to be able to be coached defensively from one of the best defenders to play the women's game.
2In a way intended to challenge or avoid criticism: he reacted defensively to attacks from fellow critics CEOs have responded defensively to the onslaught on their profession
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  • When you explore gender issues, women respond immediately whereas men respond defensively unless they are very open.
  • Despite this, she reacts defensively when I ask if she ever took part in any direct action, describing herself as a veteran of many marches.
  • These interviews result in politicians talking defensively about how great a place Ireland is to invest and how the closures have nothing to do with Irish competitiveness.

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