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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, relating to, or designed to favor protectionism:
protective tariffs.
4.
defensive (def 4).
Origin of protective
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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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.

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