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tr.v. o·ver·pro·tect·ed, o·ver·pro·tect·ing, o·ver·pro·tects
To protect too much; coddle: overprotected their children.

o′ver·pro·tec′tion n.
o′ver·pro·tec′tive adj.
o′ver·pro·tec′tive·ness n.
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Adj.1.overprotective - overly protective; "overprotective parents"
protective - 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"


[ˌəʊvəprəˈtektɪv] ADJexcesivamente protector
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