[ UK /dɪfˈɛnsɪvli/ ]
[ US /dɪˈfɛnsɪvɫi/ ]
  1. in an apologetic and defensive manner
    `I felt it better you should know,' said Sir Cedric defensively
  2. in a defensive manner
    the general conviction that our side is in the right and acting defensively over what Russians call the German question and Americans the Berlin crisis
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How To Use defensively In A Sentence

  • Swallowing defensively, Mark said, " Don't look at me!".
  • Only one phaser is inoperative, which means, offensively, the ship is almost totally effective, but defensively its lack of forward shielding makes the vessel incredibly vulnerable.
  • They do a good job defensively of matching up again with their zone, contesting us when we're driving in the paint against the seven-footers.
  • Derek Underwood bowls the last ball of the day to Bernard Julien who plays defensively to Tony Greig at silly point.
  • "That's so not true" he countered defensively, looking as if he was genuinely hurt.
  • Now they are defensively strong and five clean sheets in a row makes the case. The Sun
  • Debrecen were an unknown quantity and they played very defensively, which is their right.
  • In his concluding remarks, he rather defensively explains: ‘This book was always premised to be about my country, not about the Balkans or any other foreign country.’
  • Now they are defensively strong and five clean sheets in a row makes the case. The Sun
  • Others, shaping to play defensively, were beaten by turn and Steve Kirby was disconcerted by a ball that spun the other way.
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