defensive


defensive
de·fen·sive di-'fen(t)-siv, 'dē-. adj
1) serving to defend or protect (as the ego) <face-saving is a common \defensive reaction (Psychology Today)>
2) devoted to resisting or preventing aggression or attack <\defensive behavior>
de·fen·sive·ly adv
de·fen·sive·ness n

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