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protective Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind
    • a protective covering
    • the use of protective masks and equipment
    • protective coatings
    • kept the drunken sailor in protective custody
    • animals with protective coloring
    • protective tariffs
  2. adjective satellite showing care
    • a protective mother
  3. adjective satellite (usually followed by `of') solicitously caring or mindful
    • protective of his reputation
WordNet

Pro*tect"ive adjective
Etymology
Cf. F. protectif.
Definitions
  1. Affording protection; sheltering; defensive. " The favor of a protective Providence." Feltham.

Webster 1913