- 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 defensively
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.
Defensively, too, had the rider of the maherry an advantage over his antagonists.The Boy Slaves|Mayne Reid
"I don't think they're too contented, Mr. March," said Barbara, defensively.John March, Southerner|George W. Cable
“It is easy enough getting in, if you take your time,” she always said defensively to criticizing friends.Eve to the Rescue|Ethel Hueston
"Mother was sick, and I had to go of errands," said the child, defensively.Rose Clark|Fanny Fern
“Well, you know Jerry will be here only a few days at most,” Penny said defensively.Voice from the Cave|Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for defensively
Word Origin and History for defensively
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.
Idioms and Phrases with defensively
see on the defensive.