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 Meanings and Examples of DEFENSIVE
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 a.  intended or appropriate for defending against; protective
Classic Sentence: (49 in 4 pages)
1  But Peter's words caused fierce resentment to burn in her breast, drove her to a defensive position, made her suddenly dislike her neighbors as much as she disliked the Yankees.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXXVIII
2  She could be as unscrupulous in fighting for herself as she was reckless in courting danger, and whatever came to her hand at such moments was likely to be used as a defensive missile.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 2: Chapter 3
3  A native warrior fights as he sleeps, without the protection of anything defensive.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 27
4  Boulatruelle, although intoxicated, had a correct and lucid memory, a defensive arm that is indispensable to any one who is at all in conflict with legal order.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo
5  As to d'Artagnan, he fought purely and simply on the defensive; and when he saw his adversary pretty well fatigued, with a vigorous side thrust sent his sword flying.
The Three Musketeers By Alexandre Dumas
Context  Highlight   In 31 ENGLISH AND FRENCH
6  But d'Artagnan, still keeping on the defensive, drew near to Kitty's door.
The Three Musketeers By Alexandre Dumas
Context  Highlight   In 37 MILADY'S SECRET
7  Mr. Micawber, I must observe, in his adaptation of himself to a new state of society, had acquired a bold buccaneering air, not absolutely lawless, but defensive and prompt.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 57. THE EMIGRANTS
8  They are all on the defensive, lose their tempers, as though they all want to make one feel something.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Context  Highlight   In PART 1: Chapter 17
9  Now, though something might be said both ways, I nevertheless believe that artillery is beyond comparison more hurtful to him who stands on the defensive than to him who attacks.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 2: CHAPTER XVII.
10  In the former case, he who is on the defensive is at once undone.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 2: CHAPTER XVII.
11  Science becomes, in their hands, not only a defensive weapon, but still more frequently an offensive one; the one serves against all their physical sufferings, the other against all their enemies.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 52. Toxicology.
12  I fancied it could not be very prejudicial to Mrs. Linton; unless she made it so afterwards, by assuming the defensive for her guest.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XI
13  Snowball, who had studied an old book of Julius Caesar's campaigns which he had found in the farmhouse, was in charge of the defensive operations.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Context  Highlight   In Chapter IV
14  On returning to France, to the bosom of the great, strong, magnificent, peaceful, and glorious fatherland, I should have proclaimed her frontiers immutable; all future wars purely defensive, all aggrandizement antinational.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 10: CHAPTER XXXVIII
15  She could think of no defense for this last, for she knew Gerald was right.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER II
Example Sentence: (102 in 7 pages)
16  Finally, the weight of scientific evidence, wielded by an implacable defense attorney, got Miller released and another man indicted.
17  Most criminal cases are therefore settled without trial by the process of plea bargaining between the prosecutor and the defense attorney.
18  The defense wants the district Judge to throw out the case.
19  The lawyer produced a clever defense of his client.
20  In his defense he alleged temporary insanity.
21  Leagues are commonly made for mutual defense.
22  The secretary of defense briefed the president on the enemy's strength.
23  A thick overcoat is a good defense against the cold.
24  New Zealand was weak in defense.
25  NATO defense ministers wrap up their meeting in Brussels today.
26  Let's first suppose the second defense line has been destroyed.
27  Prosecution and defense lawyers are expected to deliver closing arguments next week.
28  The Redskins' offense is stronger than their defense.
29  Shea's testimony threw the defense off stride.
30  Only perfect defense could set four spades.