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protective

[ pruh-tek-tiv ]
/ prəˈtɛk tɪv /
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adjective

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

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Origin of protective

First recorded in 1655–65; protect + -ive
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British Dictionary definitions for protective

protective
/ (prəˈtɛktɪv) /

adjective

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

noun

something that protects
a condom
protectively, adverbprotectiveness, noun
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