What does protective mean?

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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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Protectiveadjective

    affording protection; sheltering; defensive

    Etymology: [Cf. F. protectif.]

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  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. Shelley Ehrlich:

    There are things you can do other than slathering on sunscreen all over the place, still use sunscreen, but use hats and protective clothing, and wash it off once you go indoors.

  2. Lawrence Goldstone:

    If you look at the history of this country from Supreme Court until now, for almost our entire history it has been conservative, it has been a protector of a certain status quo. It has certainly been protective of white rule.

  3. Sebastian Coe:

    The AIU are permanently vigilant and there are tests that are intelligence-led, it is important that the unit is given the opportunity and the time to be vigilant and acts when it needs, but we also have to be protective of athletes' reputations, so it needs a sensible proportion of balance.

  4. Mark Levin:

    The people are filling thosegrocery shelves, they areworking harder than ever before, they are hiring people, they have the protective gloves, they have the masks on... they built theseplastic shields... at the register.I go to the post office, samething.

  5. Chevalier Gray:

    We, along with a broad coalition of our industry peers, have asked federal officials to build a 'coastal spine,' a protective barrier.

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