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adjective     defensive pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    showing that you are angry or offended when you think that someone is criticizing you

    He got really defensive when I asked why he had left.

  2. 2
    intended or used for protecting a place during an attack

    defensive weapons

  3. 3
    intended to stop the other team from scoring points in a game

    a strong defensive effort

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