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 for defensive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Defensive \De*fen"sive\, n.
     That which defends; a safeguard.
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           Wars preventive, upon just fears, are true defensives.
                                                    --Bacon.
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     To be on the defensive, To stand on the defensive, to be
        or stand in a state or posture of defense or resistance,
        in opposition to aggression or attack.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Defensive \De*fen"sive\, a. [Cf. F. d['e]fensif.]
     1. Serving to defend or protect; proper for defense; opposed
        to offensive; as, defensive armor.
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              A moat defensive to a house.          --Shak.
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     2. Carried on by resisting attack or aggression; -- opposed
        to offensive; as, defensive war.
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     3. In a state or posture of defense. --Milton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  defensive
      adj 1: intended or appropriate for defending against or
             deterring aggression or attack; "defensive weapons"; "a
             defensive stance" [ant: offensive]
      2: attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing [syn:
         defensive, justificative, justificatory]
      n 1: an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on
           the defensive') [syn: defensive, defensive attitude]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  22 Moby Thesaurus words for "defensive":
     covering, custodial, defending, fostering, guardian, guarding,
     immunizing, parental, preventive, prophylactic, protecting,
     protective, safeguarding, screening, self-defensive,
     self-preservative, self-protective, sheltering, shielding,
     tutelary, vigilant, watchful
  
  

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