Protective
Protective Pro*tect"ive, a. [Cf. F. protectif.] Affording protection; sheltering; defensive. `` The favor of a protective Providence.'' --Feltham. [1913 Webster]

{Protective coloring} (Zo["o]l.), coloring which serves for the concealment and preservation of a living organism. Cf. {Mimicry}. --Wallace.

{Protective tariff} (Polit. Econ.), a tariff designed to secure protection (see {Protection}, 4.), as distinguished from a tariff designed to raise revenue. See {Tariff}, and {Protection}, 4. [1913 Webster]


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  • protective — [prə tek′tiv, prōtek′tiv] adj. 1. protecting, or serving, intended, or alleged to protect [a protective gesture, protective custody] 2. Econ. serving or intended to protect domestic products, industries, etc. in competition with foreign products …   English World dictionary

  • protective — (adj.) 1660s, from PROTECT (Cf. protect) + IVE (Cf. ive). Protective custody is from 1933, translating Ger. Schutzhaft, used cynically by the Nazis …   Etymology dictionary

  • protective — [adj] guarding, securing careful, conservational, conservative, covering, custodial, defensive, emergency, guardian, insulating, jealous, possessive, preservative, protecting, safeguarding, sheltering, shielding, vigilant, warm, watchful;… …   New thesaurus

  • protective — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ serving, intended, or wishing to protect. ► NOUN Brit. 1) a thing that protects. 2) dated a condom. DERIVATIVES protectively adverb protectiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

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  • protective — [[t]prəte̱ktɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Protective means designed or intended to protect something or someone from harm. Protective gloves reduce the absorption of chemicals through the skin... Protective measures are necessary if the city s… …   English dictionary

  • protective — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel ▪ become ADVERB ▪ fiercely, highly, very ▪ Lionesses a …   Collocations dictionary

  • protective — adjective 1 (only before noun) used or intended for protection: protective clothing | protective legislation | a protective layer of varnish 2 wanting to protect someone from harm or danger, often in a way that unintentionally restricts their… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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