Example sentences for: defensive

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

  • In place of the good nature and quick wit he has shown in all the past, he was anxious, defensive, and far from lucid.

  • 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.

  • But if some of Gore's criticisms of Bradley are fair, others are totally unfair, and all are part of a transparent effort to keep his opponent on the defensive.

  • Could his cartoonishness be an indication of how defensive Spielberg, who like nearly all upper-middle-class Americans of his generation didn't serve in Vietnam, feels regarding the military and its virtues?

  • The prospect of this kind of consequence would certainly lead to a defensive retrenchment and even anxiety.


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