What does defensive mean?

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  1. Intended for defence; protective.
  2. Intended to deter attack.
  3. Performed so as to minimise risk.
  4. Displaying an inordinate sensitivity to criticism.
  5. (cricket) Of a bowling or fielding tactic designed to prevent the other side from scoring runs; of a batting tactic designed to prevent being out.
  6. (chiefly sports) Pertaining to defense, as opposed to attack.
  7. In a state or posture of defense.
  1. A means, attitude or position of defense.
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