protective

[pruh-tek-tiv]
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:
1655–65; protect + -ive

protectively, adverb
protectiveness, noun
nonprotective, adjective
nonprotectively, adverb
semiprotective, adjective
semiprotectively, adverb
unprotective, adjective
unprotectively, adverb
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protective (prəˈtɛktɪv)
 
adj
1.  giving or capable of giving protection
2.  economics of, relating to, or intended for protection of domestic industries
 
n
3.  something that protects
4.  a condom
 
pro'tectively
 
adv
 
pro'tectiveness
 
n

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Example sentences
Remove the protective backing on the double-stick tape on the top edge and
  affix the film to it.
The price of oats is a better price than was to be had on the average of
  protective times.
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.
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