Definition of protective in English:

protective

Syllabification: pro·tec·tive
Pronunciation: /prəˈtektiv
 
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adjective

  • 1Capable of or intended to protect someone or something: protective gloves are worn to minimize injury
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    • Other male contraceptive formulations in production have been shown to decrease good HDL cholesterol levels, which are protective against heart disease.
    • And that's not to mention research showing that beer is protective against gallstone formation, osteoporosis and even diabetes.
    • Although carbohydrates boosted blood sugar, protein produced stable glucose levels that may be more protective against afternoon tiredness.
    Synonyms
    preservative, protecting, safeguarding, shielding, defensive, safety, precautionary, preventive, preventative
  • 1.1Having or showing a strong wish to keep someone or something safe from harm: I felt protective toward her Marco wrapped a protective arm around her shoulder
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    • He is somewhat of a loner, rather introverted, and protective of his ‘space.’
    • I understand why he is so protective of his only girl, but sometimes it eats me up inside that I have to lie to him constantly.
    • These systems are often rigidly organized and protective of their members.
    Synonyms
    solicitous, caring, warm, paternal/maternal, fatherly/motherly, gallant, chivalrous; overprotective, possessive, jealous
  • 1.2 Economics Of or relating to the protection of domestic industries from foreign competition: protective tariffs
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    • In 1821 the Congressional Committee of Manufacturers issued a report calling for protective tariffs to expand industry.
    • They advocated protective tariffs for industry, a national bank, and plenty of public works and patronage.
    • His intention was to assist in the creation of a viable and efficient indigenous cement industry, and it was part of the strategy to build up an industrial base here behind protective tariffs.

Derivatives

protectively

adverb
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  • Then she's held down protectively by her friend for the duration.
  • Her thin arms are crossed protectively across her flat chest, and there's a small scar beneath her mouth.
  • Then she drew the curtains and arranged the sectional sofa protectively around us like stagecoaches.

protectiveness

noun
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  • Possessiveness, jealousy, and protectiveness are high.
  • Now I think of all the good things about her and once again feel that protectiveness and care for her.
  • You'll note a feral protectiveness - a wariness, a mistrust.

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