“We are fighting a defensive war; not an offensive one,” says a peshmerga commander, who declined to be named for this article.
He went largely into defensive mode from the first bell, seemingly with the hope of letting Klitschko grow fatigued.
British, Danish, and Canadian forces in the south were on the defensive, facing catastrophic defeat.
The angry and defensive manner is replaced by a sincere warmth and geniality.
To do so would be to catalog a series of Brazilian defensive horrors, each of which was castigated by the Germans.
We have seen how the works we have been describing are lacking in defensive qualities.
At the same time a treaty of alliance, offensive and defensive was concluded.
Then she sat down at the table by him in her defensive armour.
I stood upon the defensive between the virago and my sister's chair.
She found that this defensive warfare partly distracted her from the witless, interminable bickering within.
c.1400 (adj. and noun), from French défensif (14c.), from Medieval Latin defensivus, from defens-, past participle stem of Latin defendere (see defend). Of persons, "alert to reject criticism," from 1919. Related: Defensively; defensiveness.