Indefensible vs Defensive - What's the difference?

indefensible | defensive |

As adjectives the difference between indefensible and defensive

is that indefensible is not defensible; not capable of being defended; vulnerable while defensive is .

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en adjective)
  • Not defensible; not capable of being defended; vulnerable.
  • Incapable of being justified or excused; inexcusable; unpardonable.
  • Incapable of being explained; untenable; insupportable; invalid.
  • Antonyms

    * defensible

    Derived terms

    * indefensibility * indefensibleness * indefensibly

    See also

    * undefendable




    (en adjective)
  • Intended for defence; protective.
  • a defensive perimeter
  • Intended to deter attack.
  • a defensive missile system
  • Performed so as to minimise risk.
  • defensive driving
  • Displaying an inordinate sensitivity to criticism.
  • (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.
  • (sports) Pertaining to defense, as opposed to attack.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 2 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Bulgaria 0-3 England , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The Italian opted for Bolton's Cahill alongside captain John Terry - and his decision was rewarded with a goal after only 13 minutes. Bulgaria gave a hint of defensive frailties to come when they failed to clear Young's corner, and when Gareth Barry found Cahill in the box he applied the finish past Nikolay Mihaylov.}}
  • In a state or posture of defense.
  • (Milton)


    * offensive


    (en noun)
  • A means, attitude or position of defense.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2007, date=May 26, author=Julia Werdigier, title=Consolidating the Banks of Europe, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=Such kinds of defensives are really rather protecting the local companies than the consumers. }}