- having the quality or function of protecting: a protective covering.
- tending to protect.
- Economics. of, relating to, or designed to favor protectionism: protective tariffs.
- defensive(def 4).
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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British Dictionary definitions for unprotective
- giving or capable of giving protection
- economics of, relating to, or intended for protection of domestic industries
Derived Formsprotectively, adverbprotectiveness, noun
- something that protects
- a condom
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Word Origin and History for unprotective
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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