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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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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