Example sentences for: defensive

How can you use “defensive” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • The walls of more than a hundred circular houses are visible — two have been rebuilt to give an idea of what the settlement once looked like — in addition to roads, drainage channels, and a defensive wall.

  • The New York Times raises the possibility that Milosevic's defiance shows the bombing strategy was "fatally flawed" and adds that "NATO officials here are on the defensive, insisting day after day that it was not their bombing that sparked the Serbian attacks or the huge civilian forced exodus from Kosovo."

  • Following this, new defensive walls were constructed that included elements of the ruined old Temple of Athena and the old Parthenon.

  • EPI1 inhibits plant apoplastic proteases—extracellular enzymes that are part of the host's defensive armoury that have evolved to prevent foreign proteins entering cells.

  • Note 9: "Thus interpreted, the Nazi extermination both justifies the necessity of Israel and accounts for all hostility directed at it: The Jewish state is the only safeguard against the next outbreak of homicidal anti-Semitism and, conversely, homicidal anti-Semitism is behind every attack on, or even defensive maneuver against, the Jewish state.


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