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Adapted or intended to afford protection.
Something that protects.
See Also: WATCHFULNESS
- Guard [another person] like an armed sentry —Isak Dinesen
- Mothers him like an old mare —Jilly Cooper
- [Trees] preserved at all costs, like Grandpa’s teeth —Elizabeth Bishop
- Protective [of property] as a lion in winter —Anon
This may have been inspired by James Goldman’s play, The Lion in Winter, a simile from which can be found under AMBITION.
- Protectively, like shepherd dogs —Harvey Swados
- [Wife] watches over my reputation like a broody hen —Luigi Pirandello
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|Noun||1.||protectiveness - a feeling of protective affection|
|2.||protectiveness - the quality of providing protection; "statistical evidence for the protectiveness of vaccination"|
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare