Definition of self-defensive in English:



  • See self-defence

    • ‘In the letter, Paul engaged in a self-defensive polemic.’
    • ‘When a threat exists, a person's primary self-defensive goal is to affirm the integrity of the self, not to resolve the particular threat.’
    • ‘It's transformed into something else, a weird therapeutic exposé, partly self-defensive, partly confessional, and largely performative (it's no secret at any point that cameras are rolling).’
    • ‘Even now he is remarkably self-defensive about this career move, which made him rich but also did enormous damage to his reputation as an intellectual.’
    • ‘While common sense demands factory jacketed loads in semi-automatics for self-defensive use, there is nothing that says we have to use the same ammunition for practice.’