Meaning of PROTECTIVE in English

PROTECTIVE

— protectively , adv. — protectiveness , n.

/preuh tek"tiv/ , adj.

1. having the quality or function of protecting: a protective covering.

2. tending to protect.

3. Econ. of, pertaining to, or designed to favor protectionism: protective tariffs.

4. defensive (def. 4).

[ 1655-65; PROTECT + -IVE ]

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