HyperDic: defensively

English > 2 senses of the word defensively:
ADVERBalldefensivelyin an apologetic and defensive manner
alldefensivelyin a defensive manner
defensively > pronunciation
Rhymesably ... zealously: 1543 rhymes with liy...
English > defensively: 2 senses > adverb 1
MeaningIn an apologetic and defensive manner.
Example"'I felt it better you should know,' said Sir Cedric defensively"
Adjectivesdefensiveattempting to justify or defend in speech / speech or writing
English > defensively: 2 senses > adverb 2
MeaningIn a defensive manner.
Example"the general conviction that our side is in the right and acting defensively over what Russians call the German question and Americans the Berlin crisis"
OppositeoffensivelyIn an aggressive manner
Adjectivesdefensiveintended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack / attack / attack

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