Synonyms of defensive in English:

defensive


See definition of defensive

adjective

1‘troops in defensive positions’

SYNONYMS
defending, guarding, safeguarding, protecting, protective, shielding, screening
wary, watchful
averting, withstanding, opposing
ANTONYMS

attacking

2‘my innocent inquiry had provoked a defensive, almost hostile response’

SYNONYMS
self-justifying, oversensitive, thin-skinned, easily offended, prickly, paranoid, neurotic
informal uptight, twitchy
rare umbrageous
ANTONYMS

confident