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defensive

DEFENSIVE, a.

1. That serves to defend; proper for defense; as defensive armor, which repels attacks or blows, opposed to offensive arms, which are used in attack.

2. Carried on in resisting attack or aggression; as defensive war, in distinction from offensive war, which is aggressive.

3. In a state or posture to defend.

DEFENSIVE, n. Safeguard; that which defends.

Wars preventive, upon just fears, are true defensives.

To be on the defensive, or to stand on the defensive, is to be or stand in a state or posture of defense or resistance, in opposition to aggrression or attack.



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DEFENSIVE, a.

1. That serves to defend; proper for defense; as defensive armor, which repels attacks or blows, opposed to offensive arms, which are used in attack.

2. Carried on in resisting attack or aggression; as defensive war, in distinction from offensive war, which is aggressive.

3. In a state or posture to defend.

DEFENSIVE, n. Safeguard; that which defends.

Wars preventive, upon just fears, are true defensives.

To be on the defensive, or to stand on the defensive, is to be or stand in a state or posture of defense or resistance, in opposition to aggrression or attack.

DE-FENS'IVE, a. [Fr. defensif.]

  1. That serves to defend; proper for defense; as, defensive armor, which repels attacks or blows, opposed to offensive arms, which are used in attack.
  2. Carried on in resisting attack or aggression; as, defensive war, in distinction from offensive war, which is aggressive.
  3. In a state or posture to defend. – Milton.

DE-FENS'IVE, n.

Safeguard; that which defends. Wars preventive, upon just fears, are true defensives. – Bacon. To be on the defensive, or to stand on the defensive, is to be or stand in the state or posture of defense or resistance, in opposition to aggression or attack.


De*fen"sive
  1. Serving to defend or protect; proper for defense; opposed to offensive; as, defensive armor.

    A moat defensive to a house. Shak.

  2. That which defends; a safeguard.

    Wars preventive, upon just fears, are true defensives. Bacon.

    To be on the defensive, To stand on the defensive, to be or stand in a state or posture of defense or resistance, in opposition to aggression or attack.

  3. Carried on by resisting attack or aggression; -- opposed to offensive; as, defensive war.
  4. In a state or posture of defense.

    Milton.
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Defensive

DEFENSIVE, adjective

1. That serves to defend; proper for defense; as defensive armor, which repels attacks or blows, opposed to offensive arms, which are used in attack.

2. Carried on in resisting attack or aggression; as defensive war, in distinction from offensive war, which is aggressive.

3. In a state or posture to defend.

DEFENSIVE, noun Safeguard; that which defends.

Wars preventive, upon just fears, are true defensives.

To be on the defensive or to stand on the defensive is to be or stand in a state or posture of defense or resistance, in opposition to aggrression or attack.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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CARTULARY, n. A register-book, or record, as of a monastery. Blackstone writes it chartulary; and primarily it signifies the officer who has the care of charters and other public papers.

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