- 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
After setting an NBA record for offensive efficiency with Luka Dončić running the show, Dallas badly needed some defensive grit.The Upsides And Downsides Of The NBA’s Five Biggest Trades So Far|Chris Herring (email@example.com)|November 19, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Eberflus, who had been considered the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive-coordinator-in-waiting under Rod Marinelli, brought a flavor of Marinelli’s Tampa 2 scheme north with him.The Indianapolis Colts Finally Built A Defensive Monster|Ty Schalter|November 19, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
The Cleveland Cavaliers selected defensive-minded forward Isaac Okoro out of Auburn with the fifth pick.On quiet night for NBA draft lottery selections, Anthony Edwards goes No. 1 to Timberwolves|Ben Golliver, Des Bieler|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
The Raiders had placed defensive Clelin Ferrell and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner on the list Tuesday.NFL toughens its coronavirus protocols as several Raiders players are placed in quarantine|Mark Maske|November 18, 2020|Washington Post
Since the season began, City added former Benfica center back Rúben Dias to shore up its flaky defensive line.Liverpool And Manchester City Look Ordinary. Are They?|Terrence Doyle|November 12, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
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.
Any Jew who tries to justify this attack or the apathy expressed by the bystanders is suffering from pathological defensiveness.Violence and Discourse: A Response to Yousef Munayer|Don Futterman|August 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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.
The directness of his challenge was startling, and roused in her a belated defensiveness.The Twins of Suffering Creek|Ridgwell Cullum
But she had by instinct a wary defensiveness, and she was on constant guard.A Pagan of the Hills|Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for defensive
Derived forms of defensivedefensively, adverbdefensiveness, noun
Other Idioms and Phrases with defensive
see on the defensive.