|1.||[ adverb ] in an apologetic and self-defensive manner|
"`I felt it better you should know,' said Sir Cedric defensively"
|Related terms:||defensive defensive|
|2.||[ adverb ] 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"
|Related terms:||offensively defensive defensive|