Definition of protective adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    protective

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//prəˈtektɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈtektɪv//
     
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  1. 1[only before noun] providing or intended to provide protection Workers should wear full protective clothing. a protective layer of varnish a protective barrier against the sun’s rays
  2. 2having or showing a wish to protect somebody/something protective (towards somebody/something) She had been fiercely protective towards him as a teenager. protective (of somebody/something) He was extremely protective of his role as advisor. He put a protective arm around her shoulders. Parents can easily become over-protective of their children (= want to protect them too much). See related entries: Love
  3. 3intended to give an advantage to your own country’s industry protective tariffs
  4. Extra examples Lionesses are fiercely protective of their young. She felt suddenly very protective towards/​toward her mother. an overly protective father Finally, a protective layer of varnish is applied to the panels. The ozone layer forms a protective barrier against the sun’s rays. Workers should wear full protective clothing.
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