English edit

Etymology edit

protect +‎ -ive

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /pɹɛtɛktɪv/, /pɹoʊtɛktɪv/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛktɪv
  • Hyphenation: pro‧tec‧tive

Adjective edit

protective (comparative more protective, superlative most protective)

  1. Serving or intended to protect.
    The fighter dropped into a protective stance.
    The castle's moat served a protective function.
    • 2004, Mickey Baskett, Fabulous Painted Furniture, page 13:
      Pour a solvent such as paint thinner, mineral spirits, or a liquid sandpaper product in a metal can or enamel bowl. Wear protective gloves.
  2. Wishing to protect; defensive of somebody or something.
    Mother bears are famously protective of their cubs.

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Noun edit

protective (plural protectives)

  1. (Britain) Something that protects.
  2. A condom.

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