Part of speech:
(Econ.) Serving or intended to protect domestic products, industries, etc. against foreign competition
(Archaic) Wakeful; unsleeping
Preventing or serving to prevent; esp., preventing disease
Attracting attention; interesting; striking
Of, tending toward, or marked by resistance:
Covered with armor or armor plate
Tending to take offense with slight cause; oversensitive.
Causing trouble or vexation; thorny:
Serving or designed to protect oneself.
Serving as justification.
Justifying; serving to uphold or vindicate
an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')
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