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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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adv. - In an apologetic but protective manner.

Usage examples (39)
  • 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
  • `I felt it better you should know,' said Sir Cedric defensively
  • In the second half, our guys got in defensively to them.
  • They packed in defensively, refusing to allow many man-to-man chances. for more
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