protective

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protect +‎ -ive

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Adjective[edit]

protective (comparative more protective, superlative most protective)

  1. Serving, intended or wishing to protect.
    The fighter dropped into a protective stance.
    The castle's moat served a protective function.
    Mother bears are famously protective of their cubs.

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Noun[edit]

protective (plural protectives)

  1. (Britain) Something that protects.
  2. A condom.

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