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adjective protective pronunciation in British English /prəˈtektɪv/

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

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protectively

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protectiveness

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