serving to defend; protective: defensive armament.
made or carried on for the purpose of resisting attack: defensive treaty; a defensive attitude.
of or relating to defense.
able to provide moderately steady growth with minimal risk: The bank has put a large percentage of its assets in defensive rather than growth stocks. considered stable and relatively safe for investment, especially during a decline in the economy.
excessively concerned with guarding against the real or imagined threat of criticism, injury to one's ego, or exposure of one's shortcomings.