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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"

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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]