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protective

[pruh-tek-tiv] /prəˈtɛk tɪv/
adjective
1.
having the quality or function of protecting:
a protective covering.
2.
tending to protect.
3.
Economics. of, relating to, or designed to favor protectionism:
protective tariffs.
4.
defensive (def 4).
Origin of protective
1655-1665
First recorded in 1655-65; protect + -ive
Related forms
protectively, adverb
protectiveness, noun
nonprotective, adjective
nonprotectively, adverb
semiprotective, adjective
semiprotectively, adverb
unprotective, adjective
unprotectively, adverb
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Examples from the Web for protective
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  • Why, the order of nature is reversed, and these children take on the protective.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • There was protective tenderness in the gesture and the touch.

  • But to the cub the spectacle of her protective rage was pleasing.

    White Fang Jack London
  • He had been moved, he supposed now, by a protective sentiment.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Among birds, the ptarmigan is a fine example of protective colouring.

British Dictionary definitions for protective

protective

/prəˈtɛktɪv/
adjective
1.
giving or capable of giving protection
2.
(economics) of, relating to, or intended for protection of domestic industries
noun
3.
something that protects
4.
a condom
Derived Forms
protectively, adverb
protectiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for protective
adj.

1660s, from protect + -ive. As a noun from 1875. Related: Protectively; protectiveness. Protective custody is from 1933, translating German Schutzhaft, used cynically by the Nazis.

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