self-protective

self-protection

[self-pruh-tek-shuhn, self-]
noun
protection of oneself or itself.

Origin:
1855–60

self-protecting, adjective
self-protective, adjective
self-protectiveness, noun
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self-protection
 
n
the act or an instance of protecting or defending oneself
 
self-pro'tective
 
adj

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