protective

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

protect +‎ -ive

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /pɹɛtɛktɪv/, /pɹoʊtɛktɪv/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛktɪv

AdjectiveEdit

protective (comparative more protective, superlative most protective)

  1. serving, intended or wishing to protect
    The fighter dropped into a protective stance.
    The castle's moat served a protective function.
    Mother bears are famously protective of their cubs.

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NounEdit

protective (plural protectives)

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

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