Definition of protectively adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

protectively

 adverb
adverb
BrE BrE//prəˈtektɪvli//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈtektɪvli//
 
 
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in a way that is intended to protect or that shows a wish to protect somebody/something She clutched her bag protectively.