protectant

[ pruh-tek-tuh nt ]
/ prəˈtɛk tənt /

noun

a substance, as a chemical spray, that provides protection, as against insects, frost, rust, etc.; protective agent.

Nearby words

  1. proteas,
  2. protease,
  3. protease inhibitor,
  4. protease inhibitors,
  5. protect,
  6. protected,
  7. protected sex,
  8. protectee,
  9. protecter,
  10. protecting

Origin of protectant

1660–70, for an earlier sense; protect + -ant

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British Dictionary definitions for protectant

protectant

/ (prəˈtɛktənt) /

noun

a chemical substance that affords protection, as against frost, rust, insects, etc
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Word Origin and History for protectant

protectant

adj.

1660s, irregularly formed from protect + -ant. As a noun from 1935.

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