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Defensive

 

(1) Defensive tactics in war (obsolete).

(2) In Polish (defenzywa), the security department and security police in prerevolutionary bourgeois-landlord Poland.

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1994) found that four novel odorants, differing considerably in pungency, produced similar modest elevations of defensiveness.
Although micro-editing is easier (after all, these are the things you notice first) than macro-editing (tackling the structure, meaning or tone of the entire document), micro-editing antagonizes the writer and arouses anger and defensiveness.
A recent theory by Beck (2004) suggests a route to assess the role of defensiveness in religious faith.
As a Christian interpreter explores the issue of anti-Judaism in Christian theology or biblical interpretation, it is advisable for her or him to put aside defensiveness as much as possible.
Rather than promoting a harmony based on what we have in common, there is a tendency to define harmony through a defensiveness based on separation, which in the end offers a false sense of security regarding holiness.
Defensiveness and resistance will contribute to some students wanting to avoid such feelings and therefore prevent significant learning (Valdez, 2001).
There was a hint of defensiveness in comments from Ebdon yesterday.
McConnell said: "We can see no reason why professional defensiveness, professional jealousies and barriers between different agencies, should get in the way of a proper child protection system that puts children first.
Elsewhere, Evans displays a touchy defensiveness and frequently enough resorts to the argumentum ad hominem that many of the reviewers of the original edition found distasteful.
His passing did not go unmarked: U2 frontman Bono sang a tribute at his funeral, and critics Michael Kimmelman and Jed Perl wrote appropriately admiring eulogies, if colored by a certain defensiveness about Balthus's historical position.
To speculate that rape is inevitable and even necessary is to carry male defensiveness to new heights of absurdity.
And don't forget that ignorance and defensiveness can work both ways.