- able to provide moderately steady growth with minimal risk: The bank has put a large percentage of its assets in defensive rather than growth stocks.
- considered stable and relatively safe for investment, especially during a decline in the economy.
Origin of defensive
Examples from the Web for defensive
And I need to ask why their truth makes me so defensive, as if my truth is the only truth.
Community activists attack racial bias in policing, so police get defensive?
Nelson wrote a paper at Dartmouth on Standard Oil, which was about as defensive and as deeply researched as you would expect.
I am, as the leader of the minority, the defensive coordinator.
On the staff of every football team, you have an offensive coordinator and a defensive coordinator.
The latter does not belong to this class in which are to be grouped only such as practically bear a defensive character.Criminal Psychology|Hans Gross
Besides his defensive armor, he is an ugly customer in attack.American Big-Game Hunting|Various
Even their inferiors were of value in a defensive position, however useless for offensive purposes.Poitiers|Hilaire Belloc
They say the creature is wont to do this when he sees a man stand on the defensive; he tries to blind him with snow.Eyes Like the Sea|Mr Jkai
Their defensive body-armour consisted of a coat of mail composed of bronze or iron scales, and called the lriga or perpunte.The Arts and Crafts of Older Spain, Volume I (of 3)|Leonard Williams
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.
see on the defensive.