AskDefine | Define protective

Dictionary Definition

protective adj
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)]

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English

Pronunciation

  • IPA:/prɛtɛktɪv/, /proʊtɛktɪv/

Adjective

  1. Serving, intended or wishing to protect.

Translations

Serving, intended or wishing to protect

Noun

protective
  1. Something that protects.
  2. A condom.

Translations

Something that protects
A condom

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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