Defensively is used with these verbs: ↑react, ↑reply, ↑retort, ↑say, ↑struggle

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Defensively — De*fen sive*ly, adv. On the defensive. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defensively — adverb 1. in an apologetic and defensive manner I felt it better you should know, said Sir Cedric defensively • Derived from adjective: ↑defensive 2. in a defensive manner the general conviction that our side is in the right and acting… …   Useful english dictionary

  • defensively — defensive ► ADJECTIVE 1) used or intended to defend or protect. 2) very anxious to challenge or avoid criticism. ● on the defensive Cf. ↑on the defensive DERIVATIVES defensively adverb defensiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • defensively — adverb see defensive I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • defensively — See defensive. * * * …   Universalium

  • defensively — adverb In a defensive manner …   Wiktionary

  • defensively — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. suspiciously, on the defensive, in self defense, at bay; see carefully 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • defensively — adv. in a defensive manner, protectively …   English contemporary dictionary

  • defensively — de·fen·sive·ly …   English syllables

  • defensively — See: defensive …   English dictionary

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