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Synonyms and Antonyms of defensive

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defensive

synonym (synonym of defensive)

  • (noun.cognition)
    an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive') (noun.cognition)
     
  • (adj.all)
    attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing (adj.all)
     

antonym (antonym of defensive)

  • (adj.all)
    for the purpose of attack rather than defense (adj.all)
     

also (also)

  • (adj.all)
    intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind (adj.all)
     

similar (similar with defensive)

  • attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing (adj.all)
    offering or expressing apology (adj.all)
     
  • intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack (adj.all)
    designed for defense from a surface position against air attack (adj.all)
     
  • (adj.all)
    defensive against enemy submarines (adj.all)
     
  • (adj.all)
    designed for defense against armored vehicles (adj.all)
     
  • (adj.all)
    attempting to or designed to prevent an opponent from winning or scoring (adj.all)
     
  • (adj.all)
    (fencing) in a defensive stance (adj.all)
     

hypernym (defensive IS A KIND OF .... relation)

  • an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive') (noun.cognition)
    a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways (noun.cognition)
     

derivation (.... is derived from defensive)

  • (adj.all)
    attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing (adj.all)
     
  • attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing (adj.all)
    an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive') (noun.cognition)
     
  • (verb.communication)
    defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning (verb.communication)
     
  • (verb.communication)
    show to be right by providing justification or proof (verb.communication)
     
  • (verb.communication)
    state or assert (verb.communication)
     
  • (verb.competition)
    fight against or resist strongly (verb.competition)
     
  • intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack (adj.all)
    be on the defensive; act against an attack (verb.competition)
     
  • (verb.competition)
    protect against a challenge or attack (verb.competition)
     
synonym antonym also similar hypernym derivation defensive attitude justificative justificatory offensive protective antiaircraft antisubmarine antitank defending en garde attitude mental attitude justificative defend guard defensive attitude apologise

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