Adjective defensive has 3 senses
- defensive - intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack; "defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance"
Antonyms: offensive, antipersonnel, assaultive, attacking, hit-and-run, tip-and-run, incursive, invading, invasive, marauding, predatory, raiding, on the offensive
- defensive, justificative, justificatory - attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing
Antonym: unapologetic (indirect, via apologetic)
- defensive - serving as or appropriate for defending or protecting; "defensive fortifications"; "defensive dikes to protect against floods"
Antonym: unprotective (indirect, via protective)
,Noun defensive has 1 sense
- defensive, defensive attitude - an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')
--1 is a kind of attitude, mental attitude