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Meaning & Definition of Protective in English

English

Protective

/prətɛktɪv/

adjective

1. Intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind

  • "A protective covering"
  • "The use of protective masks and equipment"
  • "Protective coatings"
  • "Kept the drunken sailor in protective custody"
  • "Animals with protective coloring"
  • "Protective tariffs"
    synonym:
  • protective

2. Showing care

  • "A protective mother"
    synonym:
  • protective

3. (usually followed by `of') solicitously caring or mindful

  • "Protective of his reputation"
    synonym:
  • protective(p)