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protective

[pruh-tek-tiv] /prəˈtɛk tɪv/
adjective
1.
having the quality or function of protecting:
a protective covering.
2.
tending to protect.
3.
Economics. of, pertaining to, or designed to favor protectionism:
protective tariffs.
4.
defensive (def 4).
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; protect + -ive
Related forms
protectively, adverb
protectiveness, noun
nonprotective, adjective
nonprotectively, adverb
semiprotective, adjective
semiprotectively, adverb
unprotective, adjective
unprotectively, adverb
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  • Remove the protective backing on the double-stick tape on the top edge and affix the film to it.
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  • Those gloves look only marginally protective, given those sweet little toenails on the kittens.
  • Tentlike protective structures are being erected in various parts of the city.
  • Anyone wishing to take this adventure back in time should come prepared, wearing suitable boots and protective gear.
  • There is only what seems to me a rather low protective barrier given the precipitous drop into the deep valleys below.
  • Next they cut down branches and use them to dam the stream so that water rises around the lodge, creating a protective moat.
  • They need to eat and they are extremely protective over their territory.
  • The activity involves placing individuals inside a protective cage submerged in shark-infested waters.
  • Mandel donned protective gloves and mask while on his book tour.
British Dictionary definitions for protective

protective

/prəˈtɛktɪv/
adjective
1.
giving or capable of giving protection
2.
(economics) of, relating to, or intended for protection of domestic industries
noun
3.
something that protects
4.
a condom
Derived Forms
protectively, adverb
protectiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for protective
adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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