1 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" [ant: unprotective]
2 showing a care; "a caring mother" [syn: caring]
3 (usually followed by `of') solicitously caring or mindful; "protective of his reputation" [syn: protective(p)]
- IPA:/prɛtɛktɪv/, /proʊtɛktɪv/
- Serving, intended or wishing to protect.
- Something that protects.
- A condom.
Something that protects
- Finnish: suoja
- Finnish: kondomi
careful, conservational, conservationist, conservative, conservatory, conserving, covering, custodial, defending, defensive, fostering, guardian, guarding, heedful, immunizing, jealous, keeping, parental, possessive, preservative, preservatory, preserving, preventative, preventive, prophylactic, protecting, safeguarding, saving, screening, self-defensive, self-preservative, self-protective, sheltering, shielding, tutelary, vigilant, watchful