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Meaning of PROTECTIVE

Pronunciation:  pru'tektiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  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. [adj]  showing a care; "a caring mother"
 

PROTECTIVE is a 10 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: antifertility, antifouling, caring, cautionary, conserving, contraceptive, covering, custodial, evasive, guardian, overprotective, preservative, preserving, prophylactic, protecting(a), restrictive, safety-related, shielding, tender, tutelar, tutelary
 
 Antonyms: unprotective
 
 See Also: defensive, preventative, preventive

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Pro*tect"ive\, a. [Cf. F. protectif.]
Affording protection; sheltering; defensive. `` The favor of
a protective Providence.'' --Feltham.

{Protective coloring} (Zo["o]l.), coloring which serves for
   the concealment and preservation of a living organism. Cf.
   {Mimicry}. --Wallace.

{Protective tariff} (Polit. Econ.), a tariff designed to
   secure protection (see {Protection}, 4.), as distinguished
   from a tariff designed to raise revenue. See {Tariff}, and
   {Protection}, 4.

 

 

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