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synonyms for defensive

  • opposing
  • averting
  • conservative
  • preservative
  • preventive
  • thwarting
  • arresting
  • balking
  • checking
  • coping with
  • defending
  • frustrating
  • guarding
  • in opposition
  • interrupting
  • protecting
  • resistive
  • safeguarding
  • uptight
  • warding off
  • withstanding
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antonyms for defensive

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  • unwary
  • unwatchful
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How to use defensive in a sentence

The Capitals have allowed at least three goals in 10 of 12 games and have repeatedly talked about getting better in their defensive zone.
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University of Puget Sound defensive lineman Peter Ciari missed the rush — and the snarl of the chain saw.
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The Cavaliers held Georgia Tech well below its scoring average in that game, and this time, Virginia began with another defensive surge in the first half.
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One of those players, Jason Pierre-Paul, reiterated calls to re-sign key defensive players.
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Washington had four scorers in double figures, perhaps in part because of a tweak in the starting lineup on Brooks’s end, and on the defensive end the Wizards did what was needed to keep Chicago in check.
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His personal mania for practicing the little things right became tremendously influential even on the defensive side of the ball.
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Mahomes must now prove he can solve the next defensive coordinator with a rugged front seven who plays his safeties back in deep zone.
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The drive was aided by a 15-yard penalty on Kansas City defensive tackle Chris Jones for unnecessary roughness, after he took a post-play swipe at the face of Tampa Bay center Ryan Jensen.
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“While the guys up front hunted, the guys in the back covered, so we worked hand-in-hand tonight,” said defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, having himself one doozy of a winter.
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To contain the Chiefs, Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is likely to rely on exotic blitz packages.
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WORDS RELATED TO DEFENSIVE

  • against
  • allergic
  • anti
  • antipathetic
  • antithetical
  • antonymous
  • at cross-purposes
  • at odds
  • averse
  • battling
  • clashing
  • combating
  • conflicting
  • confronting
  • contrary
  • controverting
  • counter
  • crossing
  • defending
  • defensive
  • denying
  • disagreeing
  • disputed
  • dissentient
  • enemy
  • exposing
  • facing
  • hostile
  • in opposition
  • incompatible
  • inimical
  • irreconcilable
  • objecting
  • obstructive
  • opposing
  • opposite
  • protesting
  • repelling
  • restrictive
  • rival
  • up against
  • warring
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