Back to The Knocks, still awash in denial and defensiveness.
defensiveness has swept over the culture like a giant wave, drenching daily choices in cold water.
Yet Manhattan has none of the defensiveness that seems to be peeking around the corners of this film.
It spoke of insecurity rather than control, defensiveness instead of dynamism.
Police need to uncross their arms that are folded in defiance and defensiveness across their chests.
Then read the mountains of judgment, scorn, bragging, critiquing, and defensiveness that each debate seems to produce.
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.