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ADVERB (2)

1. in an apologetic and defensive manner;
- Example: "`I felt it better you should know,' said Sir Cedric defensively"

2. in a defensive manner;
- Example: "the general conviction that our side is in the right and acting defensively over what Russians call the German question and Americans the Berlin crisis"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Defensively \De*fen"sive*ly\, adv. On the defensive. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

defensively adv 1: in an apologetic and defensive manner; "`I felt it better you should know,' said Sir Cedric defensively" 2: in a defensive manner; "the general conviction that our side is in the right and acting defensively over what Russians call the German question and Americans the Berlin crisis" [ant: offensively]