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protective

[pruh-tek-tiv]
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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).
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Origin of protective

First recorded in 1655–65; protect + -ive
Related formspro·tec·tive·ly, adverbpro·tec·tive·ness, nounnon·pro·tec·tive, adjectivenon·pro·tec·tive·ly, adverbsem·i·pro·tec·tive, adjectivesem·i·pro·tec·tive·ly, adverbun·pro·tec·tive, adjectiveun·pro·tec·tive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for unprotective

protective

adjective
  1. giving or capable of giving protection
  2. economics of, relating to, or intended for protection of domestic industries
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noun
  1. something that protects
  2. a condom
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Derived Formsprotectively, adverbprotectiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unprotective

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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