But in 1998, he sensed the urgency and the utility of taking impeachment on directly—and certainly not defensively.
The Patriot subset that declines to accept racism continues to cope with the issue unevenly and defensively.
“That was the decision of the lawyers,” Sharpton says defensively in the Times interview.
c.1400 (adj. and noun), from French défensif (14c.), from Medieval Latin defensivus, from defens-, past participle stem of Latin defendere (see defend). Of persons, "alert to reject criticism," from 1919. Related: Defensively; defensiveness.