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You would need a tactically intelligent defensive midfielder and here options are imperfect. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The rest string themselves across the pitch in a defensive line. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We need to this week work on our defensive play and not conceding is a big thing for us. The Sun (2016)The defensive record 'is a point we have to work on. Times, Sunday Times (2016)In contrast, a failure puts our country in a weaker defensive position. The Sun (2017)They also kept another clean sheet, maintaining their impressive defensive record of conceding only four goals here in eight matches. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Note that I am being slightly defensive about the lolling. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I haven't got anything to be defensive about. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We are often made to feel quite defensive of our reasons for doing things, as there is such pressure put on women by other women. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Some of these people are feeling scared, defensive and deeply traumatised by the criticism and abuse we have been subjected to over the past two years. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The other area of his armoury that is unrivalled is his defensive position play. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It is this approach that makes other defensive sides of the past pale into insignificance. The Sun (2012)There was no need for the minister to be defensive about his grasp of grammar. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The team who have boasted the best defensive record for the past three seasons now look shaky. The Sun (2013)It was a strong defensive position but made retreat difficult. Christianity Today (2000)And the defensive midfielder hopes to fly under the radar. The Sun (2014)This helped other players gauge where they needed to be in the defensive line more quickly. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He moves in so smoothly and has good defensive play. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Most feel defensive about losing the urge. The Sun (2011)And they had the best defensive record in the league. The Sun (2016)It still conveys the impressive power of such defensive positions. Begg, Ean & Rich, Deike On the Trail of Merlin - a guide to the Celtic mystery tradition (1991)He made a lot of offensive and defensive plays that were important. The Sun (2009)Does he feel defensive when it comes to talking about himself as a musician? Times, Sunday Times (2011)The less said about defensive indiscipline the better. Times, Sunday Times (2013)This is a slightly defensive position. Times, Sunday Times (2008)And he has warned his back-up defensive line to be fully focused. The Sun (2014)Line them up in a different formation and they'll make defensive walls. The Sun (2010)The statistics reflect that: a really poor defensive record at home. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I can't see there being a better central defensive pair. The Sun (2012)But as a defensive midfielder I admire his gritty determination. The Sun (2014)Much maligned for much of the season, the Nigerian coped well when drafted into a central defensive role. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He surely has a better chance than of changing his controversial image - or of me being the best defensive midfielder in the Bundesliga. Times, Sunday Times (2007)

Synonyms of 'defensive'

protective, guarding, defending, opposing
oversensitive, neurotic, prickly, uptight

Trends of 'defensive'

In Common Usage. defensive is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary

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Translations for 'defensive'

British English: defensive ADJECTIVE
You use defensive to describe things that are intended to protect someone or something.
The Government hastily organized defensive measures against the raids.

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