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adverb as in suspiciously

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His 16 quarterback hits tie him for sixth-most in the NFL, and just one behind Aaron Donald and Chris Jones for most by an interior defensive lineman.

He’ll get a clearer visual of the defensive looks he might see Sunday, and gain a better rhythm with his receivers and backs.

For another sharp regression, Robles led all outfielders with 25 defensive runs saved in 2019.

Even the Washington Football Team gets reviewing, sometimes in slow motion, with special attention to defensive end Chase Young, who’s very good but has miles to go to be great.

The Los Angeles Rams, meanwhile, are the eighth-best defense per Football Outsiders this season with enough defensive stars to make life difficult for Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.

But in 1998, he sensed the urgency and the utility of taking impeachment on directly—and certainly not defensively.

“That was the decision of the lawyers,” Sharpton says defensively in the Times interview.

The Patriot subset that declines to accept racism continues to cope with the issue unevenly and defensively.

But Boredom, defensively subtitled A Lively History, is in fact a spirited, no-nonsense guide to a surprisingly contentious topic.

“I got them when I was in medical school but I never wore them,” she said, a little too defensively.

She was not so dull, however, but that she began to feel that Mrs. Bassett was speaking defensively of Marian.

They were armed defensively with a shield, and offensively with a curved sword, and a flintlock musket slung at the saddle-bow.

The other eyed her defensively and she tried to tidy her hair with hands that shook.

Nelsen knew that, through the months, he had killed defensively at least twice.

"Oh, I don't think that's her character," said Miss Cotton, ruffling her feathers defensively.


On this page you'll find 5 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to defensively, such as: at bay, carefully, in self-defense, and on the defensive.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.