Definition of Defensiveness

1. Noun. Excessive sensitivity to criticism. "The fear of being sued for malpractice has magnified physicians' defensiveness"

Generic synonyms: Sensitiveness, Sensitivity
Specialized synonyms: Bunker Mentality

Definition of Defensiveness

1. Noun. The state or quality of being defensive. ¹

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Definition of Defensiveness

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Defensiveness

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defensive measure
defensive medicine
defensive midfielder
defensive programming
defensive programmings
defensive structure
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defensive zone
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defensiveness (current term)

Literary usage of Defensiveness

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1. Cranio-muscular Origins of Brain and Mind by Philip Henry Erb├ęs (1904)
"SELF-defensiveness. 1 Temp. C., in preservative zone. ... C. (SECTION I.) The muscle of self-defensiveness, the protective concern for the well-being of the ..."

2. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1863)
"... that shade of the sentiment of defiant defensiveness so dear to Englishmen, ... is more ostensible and the defensiveness less so. ..."

3. Motivational Enhancement Therapy Manual: A Clinical Research Guide for by William R. Miller (1994)
"The picture that emerges is one in which the therapist dramatically influences client defensiveness, which, in turn, predicts the degree to which the client ..."

4. The New Detente: Rethinking East-West Relations by Mary Kaldor, Gerard Holden, Richard A. Falk (1989)
"defensiveness and offensiveness are not unique features of individual weapons ... Furthermore, it is hard to imagine pure defensiveness: even light infan- ..."

5. Social Security Programs in the U. S. by DIANE Publishing Company (1996)
"These individuals, termed repressors, have been found to score low on personality test measures of distress but high on measures of defensiveness ..."

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