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
“However, the Soviet forces quickly managed to construct new defensive positions and bring up fresh forces.”
Adverb for very anxious to challenge or avoid criticism
“Host Alan Kohler quite nicely brought out this defensive side with some telling jabs.”
Adverb for aiming to justify or excuse oneself or one's actions
Adverb for having or showing a strong wish to protect someone or something
Adverb for not receptive
Adverb for promoting or producing vindication
Adverb for of, pertaining to, or exhibiting opposition
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