Synonyms of 'defensive'
1 protectiveDictionary, guarding, defending
If someone is protective towards you, they look after you and show a strong desire to keep you safe.
hastily organized defensive measures
2 oversensitiveDictionary, neurotic, prickly
She heard the blustering, defensive note in his voice.
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Thesaurus for defensive from the Collins English Thesaurus
You use defensive to describe things that are intended to protect someone or something.