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1offensiveˈfɛnsɪv/adjective
1offensive
ˈfɛnsɪv/
adjective
Learner's definition of OFFENSIVE  
[more offensive; most offensive]  : causing someone to feel hurt, angry, or upset : rude or insulting — often + to
— opposite inoffensive
[more offensive; most offensive]  : very unpleasant
always used before a nounsports  : of or relating to the way that players try to score against an opponent in a game or contest
— compare 1defensive 3
always used before a noun  : relating to or designed for attacking an enemy
— compare 1defensive 1

— offensively

adverb

— offensiveness

noun,[noncount]
2offensiveˈfɛnsɪv/noun
pluraloffensives
2offensive
ˈfɛnsɪv/
noun
pluraloffensives
Learner's definition of OFFENSIVE  
[count]
: a large military attack — usually singular — often used figuratively
— see also counteroffensive

on the offensive

: in or into a situation or position in which you attack or fight against someone or something

take the offensive

: to begin to attack or fight against someone or something
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