protective


protective
[[t]prəte̱ktɪv[/t]]
1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Protective means designed or intended to protect something or someone from harm.

Protective gloves reduce the absorption of chemicals through the skin...

Protective measures are necessary if the city's monuments are to be preserved.

2) ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ towards/of n If someone is protective towards you, they look after you and show a strong desire to keep you safe.

He is very protective towards his mother...

Glynis was beside her, putting a protective arm around her shoulders.

Derived words:
protectively ADV ADV with v

Simon drove me to the airport, gave me a bear-hug and protectively told me to look after myself.

protectiveness N-UNCOUNT

What she felt now was protectiveness towards her brothers, her sister and her new baby.


English dictionary. 2008.

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