- 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.
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How to use defensive in a sentence
His 16 quarterback hits tie him for sixth-most in the NFL, and just one behind Aaron Donald and Chris Jones for most by an interior defensive lineman.The Indianapolis Colts Finally Built A Defensive Monster|Ty Schalter|November 19, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
He’ll get a clearer visual of the defensive looks he might see Sunday, and gain a better rhythm with his receivers and backs.So much has changed since Alex Smith last started for Washington. The offense might, too.|Nicki Jhabvala|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
For another sharp regression, Robles led all outfielders with 25 defensive runs saved in 2019.A bulked-up Victor Robles had a down year. He’ll look to fine-tune his game in winter ball.|Jesse Dougherty|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
Even the Washington Football Team gets reviewing, sometimes in slow motion, with special attention to defensive end Chase Young, who’s very good but has miles to go to be great.In a grim year, a November Masters is something to be thankful for|Thomas M. Boswell|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
The Los Angeles Rams, meanwhile, are the eighth-best defense per Football Outsiders this season with enough defensive stars to make life difficult for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.Best bets for Week 10 include betting against the Seahawks defense|Neil Greenberg|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
But in 1998, he sensed the urgency and the utility of taking impeachment on directly—and certainly not defensively.Send In Bill Clinton to Save the Democratic Midterm Campaign|Robert Shrum|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“That was the decision of the lawyers,” Sharpton says defensively in the Times interview.Al Sharpton’s Long Bill of Goods, From Tawana Brawley to Primetime|Stuart Stevens|June 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Patriot subset that declines to accept racism continues to cope with the issue unevenly and defensively.The Patriot Movement’s New Bestseller Tests Their Anti-Racism|J.M. Berger|June 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But Boredom, defensively subtitled A Lively History, is in fact a spirited, no-nonsense guide to a surprisingly contentious topic.
“I got them when I was in medical school but I never wore them,” she said, a little too defensively.
She was not so dull, however, but that she began to feel that Mrs. Bassett was speaking defensively of Marian.A Hoosier Chronicle|Meredith Nicholson
They were armed defensively with a shield, and offensively with a curved sword, and a flintlock musket slung at the saddle-bow.Michael Strogoff|Jules Verne
The other eyed her defensively and she tried to tidy her hair with hands that shook.Jane Journeys On|Ruth Comfort Mitchell
Nelsen knew that, through the months, he had killed defensively at least twice.The Planet Strappers|Raymond Zinke Gallun
"Oh, I don't think that's her character," said Miss Cotton, ruffling her feathers defensively.April Hopes|William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for defensive
Derived forms of defensivedefensively, adverbdefensiveness, noun
Other Idioms and Phrases with defensive
see on the defensive.