having the quality or function of protecting: a protective covering.
Economics. of, relating to, or designed to favor protectionism: protective tariffs.
Origin of protective
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
First recorded in 1655–65; protect
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At the sight of Sophia, Riccardo rushed to her, looming over her protectively.
In short, they are protectively designed, while the first class are attractive.
He almost wanted to put his arm about the woman's shoulders, protectively.
She tended him so protectively that one might have thought her loving.
The large majority of monkeys are protectively coloured with some shade of brown or grey, with specially marked faces.
British Dictionary definitions for protectively
giving or capable of giving protection
economics of, relating to, or intended for protection of domestic industries
Derived Formsprotectively, adverbprotectiveness, noun
something that protects
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Word Origin and History for protectively
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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