1 〔守勢〕the defensive
受け身になる｜be [act] on the defensive
He was put on the defensive by his boss's biting questions.
2 〔消極的〕passiveness; passivity
With a passive attitude one can never succeed in life.
He never does anything on his own initiative.
3 〔柔道などで〕ukemi; a defensive fall
counter with a defensive fall
4 〔文法で〕the passive (voice)