he was very defensive about that side of his life
an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')
intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack; "defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance"
attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing
(defense) (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"
(defense) protection from harm; "sanitation is the best defense against disease"
(defense) (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; "his teams are always good on defense"
(Defensiveness) In Freudian psychoanalytic theory, defence mechanisms or defense mechanisms (see -ce/-se) are unconscious psychological strategies brought into play by various entities to cope with reality and to maintain self-image. ...
(Defense (American football)) American football, known in the United States as football, is a sport played between two teams of eleven. The objective of the game is to score points by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone. ...
(Defense (legal)) In civil proceedings and criminal prosecutions under the common law, a defendant may raise a defense (or defence) in an attempt to avoid criminal or civil liability. ...
(Defense (poker)) In poker, certain aggression plays like steals can be very effective; players must occasionally reply to them with defensive plays with hands they might not otherwise play. ...
(Defense (policy debate)) In policy debate, defense refers to argument which has no implication other than mitigating an argument made by the opposing team.
(The Defense) The Defense, is a Russian novel written by Vladimir Nabokov during his emigration in Berlin and published in 1930.
A means, attitude or position of defense; Intended for defence; protective; Intended to deter attack; Performed so as to minimise risk; Displaying an inordinate sensitivity to criticism; compare paranoid; Of a bowling or fielding tactic designed to prevent the other side from scoring runs. ...
(defense) The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury; Anything employed to oppose attack(s). (team sports) A strategy and tactics employed to prevent the other team from scoring; contrasted with offense. ...
(defensively) To be defensive is to be on guard against attack, be it verbal or physical. George is on guard against an attack about his relationship with Lennie.
(Defensiveness (emotional)) That strange, angry, and unwarranted boundary exhibited by someone healthier than me when I unexpectedly stick a dagger into his psychic guts.
Defensiveness occurs when both partners blame each other and fail to take ownership of the problem.
(defense) Playing to minimize investment or loss rather than maximize a win; for example, with a drawing hand that is risky but that you think should call an opponent's bet, you might make a smaller "defensive bet" yourself that you think your opponent will just call, rather than checking and ...
(defense) In a civil case, the facts or arguments presented by the defendant to show why the plaintiff doesn’t have a right to the relief asked for. In a criminal case, the reasons why a defendant should not be convicted of the charge(s).
(Defense) What you’d better have around “de yard” if you’re going to let “de children” play outside!
(Defense) Declarer's opponents.
(Defense) The team currently in the field.
(Defense) When you team does NOT have the ball.
(Defense) The team without the ball; also the act of trying to stop the opponent from scoring.
(Defense) The defendant’s answer to the plaintiff’s complaint. A defense may contest the truth of the plaintiff’s allegations, or claim a legal privilege to commit the act complained of.