protective - definition and synonyms

 
 
adjective 

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/prəˈtektɪv/
  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

derived words

protectively

adverb

protectiveness

noun [uncountable]