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  • as inuptight
  • as indefensively

synonyms for on the defensive

  • anxious
  • apprehensive
  • cautious
  • edgy
  • uneasy
  • concerned
  • conventional
  • nervy
  • old-fashioned
  • on edge
  • restive
  • strict
  • tense
  • troubled
  • withdrawn
  • worried
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antonyms for on the defensive

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  • calm
  • composed
  • easy-going
  • laid-back
  • unworried
  • collected
  • cool
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How to use on the defensive in a sentence

Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
You never know when you are going to stumble upon a jewel in the most out-of-the-way corner.
MUSIC-STUDY IN GERMANYAMY FAY
Mr. Slocum was not educated in a university, and his life has been in by-paths, and out-of-the-way places.
THE BOOK OF ANECDOTES AND BUDGET OF FUN;VARIOUS
Where were those defensive preparations concerning which we were requested to keep silence?
THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDSJOHN FOREMAN
I drew back from the rim of Writing-On-the-Stone, that set of whispered phrases echoing in my ears.
RAW GOLDBERTRAND W. SINCLAIR
Both men put themselves at once on the defensive: their blades crossed, but the attitudes were different and characteristic.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
Either: we cannot give you what you ask, so fall back onto the defensive; or, go ahead, we will give you the means.
GALLIPOLI DIARY, VOLUME IIAN HAMILTON
Kingston-on-Thames is still provincial in appearance, though now the centre of a great growth of modern suburbs.
THE PORTSMOUTH ROAD AND ITS TRIBUTARIESCHARLES G. HARPER
Besides the districts mentioned, tobacco is grown largely in that of Frankfort-on-the Oder.
TOBACCO; ITS HISTORY, VARIETIES, CULTURE, MANUFACTURE AND COMMERCEE. R. BILLINGS.
Madame Malmaison had always been a little proud of the beauty and grace and sweetness of her fitter-on.
THE WEIGHT OF THE CROWNFRED M. WHITE
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WORDS RELATED TO ON THE DEFENSIVE

  • at bay
  • carefully
  • in self-defense
  • on the defensive
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