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What is another word for defensively?

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In a defensive manner
“The Indians knew that they could not take this war to England and had to fight defensively.”
Adverb for used or intended to defend or protect
“The city was enclosed by a defensive wall and a moat.”
Adverb for used or intended to avert or thwart danger or disaster
“In its 1988 report, it announced a restrictive policy regarding legal defensive measures against hostile takeovers.”
Adverb for wary, on guard for danger
“This insecurity leads us to be highly defensive and watchful for our own safety.”
Adverb for sensitive to, or very anxious to challenge or avoid, criticism
“Host Alan Kohler quite nicely brought out this defensive side with some telling jabs.”
Adverb for distrustful of others
“Citizens are becoming defensive and distrustful of their civic leaders as they lose all trust in their ability to represent them honestly and with any sense of integrity.”
Adverb for aiming to justify or excuse oneself or one's actions
“He wanted her to answer without him trying to fill in the uncomfortable silence between them with defensive excuses or pleas.”
Adverb for serving to prevent or protect against an undesired effect
Adverb for not receptive
Adverb for promoting or producing vindication
Adverb for of, pertaining to, or exhibiting opposition
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