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protective

[ pruh-tek-tiv ]SEE DEFINITION OF protective

Synonyms for protective

  • careful
  • defensive
  • jealous
  • possessive
  • vigilant
  • warm
  • watchful
  • conservational
  • conservative
  • covering
  • custodial
  • emergency
  • guardian
  • insulating
  • preservative
  • protecting
  • safeguarding
  • sheltering
  • shielding
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Antonyms for protective

  • careless
  • inattentive
  • negligent
  • attacking
  • harmful
  • hurtful
  • injurious
  • threatening
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PROTECTIVE

Why, the order of nature is reversed, and these children take on the protective.

There was protective tenderness in the gesture and the touch.

But to the cub the spectacle of her protective rage was pleasing.

He had been moved, he supposed now, by a protective sentiment.

Among birds, the ptarmigan is a fine example of protective colouring.

Already we are becoming a militarist and a protective State, but we do not yet know it.

He picked up the black box that generated his protective screen.

The tariff bill presented in 1824 was avowedly a protective measure.

There was a protective manliness in the manner of these men that reassured me.

He was energetic, if he was fat, and he had put a protective arm about Zara.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s, from protect + -ive. As a noun from 1875. Related: Protectively; protectiveness. Protective custody is from 1933, translating German Schutzhaft, used cynically by the Nazis.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PROTECTIVE

careful

adjectivecautious; painstaking

jealous

adjectivedesirous; wary
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.
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