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protective

view main entry for protectiveadjective  /prəˈtektɪv/
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protectively

adverb

protectiveness

noun [uncountable]
protectiveness noun [uncountable]The practice or process of protecting: protection, defense, safekeeping, sanctuary, security, self-preservation, safe passage, custody, conservation, self-defense

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