Defensive vs Protection - What's the difference?

defensive | protection |

As an adjective defensive

is .

As a noun protection is

the process of keeping (something or someone) safe.




(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.
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  • , 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
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  • The process of keeping (something or someone) safe.
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  • *:But then I had the flintlock by me for protection . ΒΆ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window.
  • The state of being safe.
  • A means of keeping or remaining safe.
  • A means, such as a condom, of preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease.
  • (lb) Coverage.
  • Immunity from harm obtained by illegal payments, as bribery or extortion.
  • (lb) Restrictions on foreign competitors which limit their ability to compete with domestic producers of goods or services.
  • (lb) An instance of a security token associated with a resource (such as a file).
  • Derived terms

    * autoprotection * heteroprotection * protection course * protection money * protection racket

    See also

    * be prepared ----