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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Defensive \De*fen"sive\, n. That which defends; a safeguard. [1913 Webster] Wars preventive, upon just fears, are true defensives. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] To be on the defensive, To stand on the defensive, to be or stand in a state or posture of defense or resistance, in opposition to aggression or attack. [1913 Webster]