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defensive

Pronunciation: /dɪˈfensɪv/

Translation of defensive in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo

  • [measures/weapon/play/move] defensivo there's no need to be o get so defensive! ¡no hay por qué ponerse tan a la defensiva! to be on the defensive [Military/Militar] [Psychology/Psicología] estar* a la defensiva
    Example sentences
    • This group unites to form a defensive force to protect the city from a new band of villains.
    • The mammals swam in tight circles to create a defensive barrier as the great white lurked under the surface.
    • At the Tuileries, meanwhile, courtiers were going about armed and preparing defensive positions.
    Example sentences
    • He is the first player ever to be voted top rookie and defensive player of the year in the same season.
    • Benitez can also boast having one of the country's best defensive records having conceded just six times.
    • Liverpool have the eighth best goalscoring record and the seventh best defensive record.

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