Definition of defensively in English:


Syllabification: de·fen·sive·ly
Pronunciation: /diˈfensivlē


  • 1In a defensive manner: “No, I didn’t,” he replied defensively
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    • Her younger sister replied quickly and somewhat defensively, Grace noted.
    • I asked, perhaps a little bit too defensively which, of course, gave me right away.
    • Con quickly held his pistols by the barrels and brought them up defensively.
  • 1.1(In sports) in terms of defense: we must tighten up defensively
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    • The team was successful in December because it was able to tighten the screws defensively.
    • Falkirk came into the game and did tighten up defensively - what a pity for them they were three goals late in learning the lesson.
    • Waterloo continued to tighten up defensively for the remainder of the game.

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