• (noun): An attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase 'on the defensive').
    Synonyms: defensive attitude
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on defensive:

Ray Schalk
... Known for his fine handling of pitchers and outstanding defensive ability, Schalk was considered the greatest defensive catcher of his era ... was played by using his speed and agility to expand the previously accepted defensive capabilities for his position ...
1979 NFL Season - Awards
... Jack Pardee, Washington Offensive Player of the Year Earl Campbell, Running Back, Houston Oilers Defensive Player of the Year Lee Roy Selmon ... Louis Cardinals Defensive Rookie of the Year Jim Haslett, Linebacker, Buffalo ...
Defensive Coordinator
... A defensive coordinator is typically a coach on a gridiron football team who is in charge of the defense ... The defensive coordinator is generally in charge of managing all defensive players and assistant coaches, of developing a general defensive game plan, and of calling the plays for the defense during the game ... At higher levels of football (college and professional), the defensive coordinator typically has a number of assistant coaches working under him usually ...
1974 NFL Season - Awards
... of the Year Ken Stabler, Quarterback, Oakland Defensive Player of the Year Joe Greene, Defensive End, Pittsburgh Offensive Rookie of the Year Don Woods, Running Back, San Diego Defensive Rookie of the ...
National Football League Defensive Player Of The Year Award - NFL Defensive Players of The Year
... Team Defense Rank Team Performance 1971 Page, AlanAlan Page Minnesota Vikings Defensive tackle 2 NFC Division champ 1972 Greene, JoeJoe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive tackle ...

More definitions of "defensive":

  • (adj): Serving as or appropriate for defending or protecting.
    Example: "Defensive fortifications"; "defensive dikes to protect against floods"
  • (adj): Intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack.
    Example: "Defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance"

Famous quotes containing the word defensive:

    What is clear is that Christianity directed increased attention to childhood. For the first time in history it seemed important to decide what the moral status of children was. In the midst of this sometimes excessive concern, a new sympathy for children was promoted. Sometimes this meant criticizing adults. . . . So far as parents were put on the defensive in this way, the beginning of the Christian era marks a revolution in the child’s status.
    C. John Sommerville (20th century)

    Stay-at-home mothers, . . . their self-esteem constantly assaulted, . . . are ever more fervently concerned that their offspring turn out better so they won’t have to stoop to say “I told you so.” Working mothers, . . . their self-esteem corroded by guilt, . . . are praying their kids turn out functional so they can stop being defensive and apologetic and instead assert “See? I did do it all.”
    Melinda M. Marshall (20th century)

    Hats divide generally into three classes: offensive hats, defensive hats, and shrapnel.
    Katharine Whitehorn (b. 1926)