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An example use of defensive in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… you on the defensive as if …”
Defensive means to protect oneself or one's position.
the word defensive occurs in english on average 10.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.