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British English: /dɪˈfɛnsɪv/
American English: /dəˈfɛnsɪv/

Translation of defensive in French:


  • (gen) (Sport, Military)
    défensive (f)
    to be on the defensive
    être or se tenir sur la défensive
    to put somebody on the defensive
    mettre quelqu'un sur la défensive


  • (barrier, weapon, alliance)
    (movement, reaction, behaviour)
    de défense
    sur la défensive (after v)
    they were very defensive about the new proposals
    ces nouvelles propositions les ont mis sur la défensive
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