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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
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 protectively
Contemporary Examples
  • He protectively brought it back to his room, where he fed it banana and gently wrapped it in a warm cloth.

Historical Examples
  • For example, many animals such as the quail, the rabbit, or the leaf-butterfly are protectively colored.

    Being Well-Born Michael F. Guyer
  • She tended him so protectively that one might have thought her loving.

    Coquette Frank Swinnerton
  • Like many other protectively coloured animals, they are of sedentary habits, clinging to the weed, and seldom moving by day.

    The Life of Crustacea William Thomas Calman
  • The large majority of monkeys are protectively coloured with some shade of brown or grey, with specially marked faces.

  • This is a case upon which those who believe that eggs laid in open nests are protectively coloured would do well to ponder.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • The entire frog family is as protectively colored as this least member, the cricket-frog.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Mr. Wallace even looks upon the nuts as protectively colored, because they are not to be eaten.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • Other protectively coloured insects look marvellously like green leaves or dead twigs.

  • He almost wanted to put his arm about the woman's shoulders, protectively.

    Earthsmith Milton Lesser
British Dictionary definitions for protectively

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 protectively

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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