protectively : Related Words Words similar in meaning to protectively


  • noun a feeling of concern for the welfare of someone (especially someone defenseless)

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  • 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
  • adjective satellite showing care
    • a protective mother

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  • noun warm compassionate feelings

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  • noun a feeling of protective affection
  • noun the quality of providing protection
    • statistical evidence for the protectiveness of vaccination

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  • adverb in a protective manner
    • he bent protectively over the woman

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  • noun a tendency to express warm and affectionate feeling
  • noun a pain that is felt (as when the area is touched)
    soreness; rawness.
    • the best results are generally obtained by inserting the needle into the point of maximum tenderness
    • after taking a cold, rawness of the larynx and trachea come on

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  • adjective satellite given to or marked by sentiment or sentimentality
  • adjective satellite effusively or insincerely emotional
    schmalzy; bathetic; mushy; soppy; kitschy; hokey; slushy; soupy; maudlin; schmaltzy; mawkish; drippy.
    • a bathetic novel
    • maudlin expressions of sympathy
    • mushy effusiveness
    • a schmaltzy song
    • sentimental soap operas
    • slushy poetry

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  • noun something that can be used as an official medium of payment
    legal tender; stamp.
  • noun someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
    attendant; attender.

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  • verb soften, make mellow
    • Age and experience mellowed him over the years
  • verb become more relaxed, easygoing, or genial
    mellow out; melt.
    • With age, he mellowed

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  • adjective yielding readily to pressure or weight
  • adjective compassionate and kind; conciliatory
    • he was soft on his children

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