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pro·tec·tive

 (prə-tĕk′tĭv)
adj.
Adapted or intended to afford protection.
n.
Something that protects.

pro·tec′tive·ly adv.
pro·tec′tive·ness n.

protective

(prəˈtɛktɪv)
adj
1. giving or capable of giving protection
2. (Economics) economics of, relating to, or intended for protection of domestic industries
n
3. something that protects
4. a condom
proˈtectively adv
proˈtectiveness n

pro•tec•tive

(prəˈtɛk tɪv)

adj.
1. having the quality or function of protecting: a protective covering; protective custody.
2. tending to protect.
3. pertaining to or favoring protectionism.
[1655–65]
pro•tec′tive•ly, adv.
pro•tec′tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.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"
defensive - intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack; "defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance"
preventative, preventive - tending to prevent or hinder
unprotective - not affording protection
2.protective - showing care; "a protective mother"
tender - given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality; "a tender heart"; "a tender smile"; "tender loving care"; "tender memories"; "a tender mother"
3.protective - (usually followed by `of') solicitously caring or mindful; "protective of his reputation"
careful - exercising caution or showing care or attention; "they were careful when crossing the busy street"; "be careful to keep her shoes clean"; "did very careful research"; "careful art restorers"; "careful of the rights of others"; "careful about one's behavior"

protective

adjective
1. protecting, covering, sheltering, shielding, safeguarding, insulating Protective gloves reduce the absorption of chemicals through the skin.
2. caring, defensive, motherly, fatherly, warm, careful, maternal, vigilant, watchful, paternal, possessive He is very protective towards his sisters.

protective

adjective
1. Able to preserve:
2. Defending against disease:
Translations
ochranný
beskyttelses-beskyttende
verndar-, hlífîar-
ochranný
koruyucu

protective

[prəˈtektɪv]
A. ADJ
1. (physically) [layer, covering] → protector; [clothing] → de protección
2. (emotionally) [attitude, gesture] → protector
Becky's fiercely protective father, JohnJohn, el padre de Becky, que tiene/tenía una actitud terriblemente protectora hacia ella
to be protective of sthproteger algo
to be/feel protective towards or of sbtener una actitud protectora hacia algn
he's very protective towards his little sistertiene una actitud muy protectora hacia su hermanita, protege mucho a su hermanita
3. (Econ) [tariffs] → proteccionista
B. CPD protective cream Ncrema f protectora
protective custody Ndetención f preventiva

protective

[prəˈtɛktɪv] adj
[gloves, mask, cover] → protecteur/trice
[person] → protecteur/trice
to be protective towards sb → être protecteur/trice envers qnprotective custody nplacement m en détention par mesure de protection
to take sb into protective custody → placer qn en détention par mesure de protection

protective

adj
Schutz-; attitude, gesturebeschützend; equipment, layer, coveringschützend; protective instinctBeschützerinstinkt m; the mother is very protective toward(s) her childrendie Mutter ist sehr fürsorglich ihren Kindern gegenüber; some parents can be too protectivemanche Eltern sind übermäßig besorgt
(Econ) systemprotektionistisch; protective dutySchutzzoll m

protective

:
protective clothing
nSchutzkleidung f, → Schutzbekleidung f
protective colouring, (US) protective coloring
nTarnfarbe f, → Schutzfarbe f
protective custody
nSchutzhaft f

protective

[prəˈtɛktɪv] adj (gen) → protettivo/a
protective custody (Police) → protezione f

protect

(prəˈtekt) verb
to guard or defend from danger; to keep safe. She protected the children from every danger; Which type of helmet protects the head best?; He wore a fur jacket to protect himself against the cold.
proˈtected adjective
(of certain animals or birds) protected by law from being shot etc.
proˈtection (-ʃən) noun
1. the act of protecting or state of being protected. He ran to his mother for protection; This type of lock gives extra protection against burglary.
2. something that protects. The trees were a good protection against the wind.
proˈtective (-tiv) adjective
giving, or intended to give, protection. protective clothing/glasses.
proˈtector noun

protective

a. protector-a.

protective

adj protector
References in classic literature ?
With this loss of substance and exhaustion of strength, the homes of the people will be stripped bare, and three-tenths of their income will be dissipated; while government expenses for broken chariots, worn-out horses, breast-plates and helmets, bows and arrows, spears and shields, protective mantles, draught-oxen and heavy wagons, will amount to four-tenths of its total revenue.
Mitenka himself, returning tipsy from the town, used to hide there, and many of the residents at Otradnoe, hiding from Mitenka, knew of its protective qualities.
We might form ourselves into a Randall Protective Agency, Limited," mused Miss Maxwell.
But the Wild is the Wild, and motherhood is motherhood, at all times fiercely protective whether in the Wild or out of it; and the time was to come when the she-wolf, for her grey cub's sake, would venture the left fork, and the lair in the rocks, and the lynx's wrath.
They thought him reasonable and praised his common sense; but he knew that his placid expression was no more than a mask, assumed unconsciously, which acted like the protective colouring of butterflies; and himself was astonished at the weakness of his will.
Instead, he became angry, and showed it; he said two or three quite nasty things; Anne's temper flashed up mutinously and she retorted with a cutting little speech whose keenness pierced even Charlie's protective Sloanishness and reached the quick; he caught up his hat and flung himself out of the house with a very red face; Anne rushed upstairs, falling twice over Miss Ada's cushions on the way, and threw herself on her bed, in tears of humiliation and rage.
Even had we no actual evidence of this, we must know it still, since only thus might be explained the survival of the human race in which the jealousy and selfishness of the bulls would, in the earliest stages of the race, have wiped out the young as rapidly as they were brought into the world had not God implanted in the savage bosom that paternal love which evidences itself most strongly in the protective instinct of the male.
Protective duties: for the benefit of the working class.
Both might have been boys, except for the half tender and always masterful manifestation of the protective instinct which was apparent in Korak's attitude.
And he had not raised his voice when he had been ordered away from three little protective piles of earth and stone, each of which had been an engineer- ing feat worthy of being made sacred to the name of his grandmother.
She had not known that men could be so disinterested, chivalrous, protective, in their love for women as he.
He had but exhibited the beast's jealous protective instinct for a possession.