- 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.
- defense mechanism,
- defensive back,
- defensive circle,
- defensive driving,
- defensive medicine,
Origin of defensive
Examples from the Web for defensiveness
Yet Manhattan has none of the defensiveness that seems to be peeking around the corners of this film.
Back to The Knocks, still awash in denial and defensiveness.
It spoke of insecurity rather than control, defensiveness instead of dynamism.Jennifer Lopez’s Fashion Blunder at American Music Awards|Robin Givhan|November 21, 2011|DAILY BEAST
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.
see on the defensive.