[ pruh-tek-tiv ]
/ prəˈtɛk tɪv /


having the quality or function of protecting: a protective covering.
tending to protect.
Economics. of, relating to, or designed to favor protectionism: protective tariffs.

Origin of protective

First recorded in 1655–65; protect + -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM protective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for protective

/ (prəˈtɛktɪv) /


giving or capable of giving protection
economics of, relating to, or intended for protection of domestic industries


something that protects
a condom

Derived forms of protective

protectively, adverbprotectiveness, noun
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