Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

protective - definition and synonyms

 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
adjective protective pronunciation in British English /prəˈtektɪv/

Related words

  1. 1
    wanting to protect someone from being harmed or hurt
    a mother’s protective instincts
    He’s very protective towards his sister.
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      determined to stop something from being damaged or lost
      She is fiercely protective of her privacy.
      Synonyms and related words
  2. 2
    [usually before noun] providing protection against something harmful or dangerous
    protective clothing/goggles
    Synonyms and related words

derived words

protectively

adverb
Synonyms and related words

protectiveness

noun [uncountable]

JOMO

… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

brain fade

a temporary inability to think clearly or remember information

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog