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protective Line breaks: pro¦tect|ive
Pronunciation: /prəˈtɛktɪv/

Definition of protective in English:


1Intended 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.
preservative, protecting, safeguarding, shielding, defensive, safety, precautionary, preventive, preventative, covering;
1.1Having or showing a strong wish to protect someone or something: I felt protective towards her as adults we are naturally protective of children
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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.
solicitous, caring, mindful, careful, wary, watchful, vigilant, warm, paternal/maternal, fatherly/motherly, gallant, chivalrous;
1.2 Economics 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.


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1A thing that protects someone or something: an effectual protective against the midge
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  • These fake programs are promoted vigorously on the Internet, and many computer users are lured into installing what they think is a protective.
1.1 dated A condom.


Pronunciation: /prəˈtɛktɪvli/
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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.
Pronunciation: /prəˈtɛktɪvnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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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