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Definitions for protective
prəˈtɛk tɪvpro·tec·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. protectiveadjective

    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. protectiveadjective

    showing care

    "a protective mother"

  3. protective(p)adjective

    (usually followed by `of') solicitously caring or mindful

    "protective of his reputation"


  1. protectivenoun

    Something that protects.

  2. protectivenoun

    A condom.

  3. protectiveadjective

    Serving, intended or wishing to protect.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Protectiveadjective

    Defensive; sheltering.

    Etymology: from protect.

    The stately sailing swan guards his osier isle,
    Protective of his young. James Thomson.


  1. protective

    Protective generally refers to something that prevents harm or damage, safeguarding or shielding from danger or injury. It often signifies measures, behaviors, equipment, or materials designed to ensure safety and defense against potential threats or hazards. This term can be used in various contexts, such as safety equipment (protective gear), behaviors (protective instinct), or legal rights (protective laws).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Protectiveadjective

    affording protection; sheltering; defensive

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. protectif.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'protective' in Adjectives Frequency: #867

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of protective in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of protective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of protective in a Sentence

  1. Anthony Guglielmi:

    While we do not discuss the specifics of any protective operation, the president’s movements were not affected by these reports.

  2. Jennifer Manly:

    Increasing opportunities for children and adults to obtain literacy may be protective for brain health later in life.

  3. Paul Molinaro:

    We are aware that (there were) difficulties of supplying Latin America in the beginning, and at the time the caseload wasn't high and we were concentrating on other areas, certainly the situation has changed and we are in the process of now planning that the next acquisitions and batch volumes we get at least in PPE (personal protective equipment) will be making their way in that direction, and within the plan for tests there will be allocation there also.

  4. Len Lichtenfeld:

    Slip on a long-sleeve shirt, slap on a wide-brimmed hat, slop on the sunscreen, and use UV-protective sunglasses that wrap around the eyes when out in the sun, there are a number of sun safety strategies that are effective.

  5. Christopher Jacobson:

    Overall it reflects investors adjusting their exposures and their need for protection, the change could be because of a mix of reasons, including investors who have reduced equity exposure no longer needing to buy protective puts and speculators looking to upside calls as a way to gain limited-risk exposure to a rebound.

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take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
A abhor
B summon
C abduct
D cleave

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