defensive driving

[ dih-fen-siv drahy-ving ]
/ dɪˈfɛn sɪv ˈdraɪ vɪŋ /


the practice of using driving strategies that minimize risk and help avoid accidents, as by predicting hazards on the road (often used attributively): Get an insurance discount by taking a defensive driving course.

Nearby words

  1. defenseman,
  2. defensible,
  3. defensive,
  4. defensive back,
  5. defensive circle,
  6. defensive medicine,
  7. defensively,
  8. defer,
  9. deference,
  10. deferent

Origin of defensive driving

First recorded in 1935–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019