- 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 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.
Police need to uncross their arms that are folded in defiance and defensiveness across their chests.
British Dictionary definitions for defensiveness
Derived Formsdefensively, adverbdefensiveness, noun
Idioms and Phrases with defensiveness
see on the defensive.