defensively defensively  /dɪ ˈfɛn sɪv li/


  1. (adv) in an apologetic and defensive manner
  2. (adv) in a defensive manner


  1. Far from seeking to create an international crisis, North Korea is acting defensively.
  2. As television viewers at home watched intently, Chen, an unpopular hard-liner, seized the microphone and answered defensively.
  3. Western diplomats say that so far, the ayatullahs appear to be acting defensively rather than offensively.


  1. Hometeam: Powerful Lancers top Tomahawks

    WORCESTER - The Longmeadow girlsand#8217; lacrosse team was clicking both offensively and defensively in Wednesdayand#8217;s state Division 1 semifinal against Algonquin Regional, and the Tomahawks suffered the consequences.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  2. Dunbar’s offense silent in FCBL loss to Carmichaels

    By Jason Black, Daily Courier Dunbar was far from perfect defensively during Wednesday’s Fayette County Baseball League game against visiting Carmichaels. But even if the defense had been flawless, it ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Mckeesport Daily News

  3. Allen Craig's falling catch

    Allen Craig , in theory, can play in a few different positions defensively. Really, though, he's a first baseman you can stick in the outfield if you have to. This occasionally leads to adventures like this one in the outfield, in which Craig makes the catch, but does so in entertaining fashion: First, we've got Craig going back on the ball, and you can see him sort of shade from side to side ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: SB Nation


  1. "We just knew we had to bring our energy, that's the main thing for us," Robinson said of his fellow reserves. "The more energy we bring, the better offensively we are and the better defensively we are."
    on Jun 11, 2010 By: Nate Robinson Source: Manila Standard Today

  2. "We did a great job defensively," said Kobe Bryant, who had 26 points to lead all scorers, along with 11 rebounds. "We kept them out of the middle, kept them out of the paint, did a good job on the boards. It was a solid effort by us."
    on Jun 15, 2010 By: Kobe Bryant Source:

  3. "We've got first-round guys, we've got guys that have been in the Pro Bowl offensively and defensively, guys who've been in the scheme for two to three years," Vick said. "You know, the talent level is there, and I just think it's a question...
    on Dec 24, 2006 By: Michael Vick Source: USA Today

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