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Definitions of protective

  1. showing a care; "a caring mother" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (usually followed by `of') solicitously caring or mindful; "protective of his reputation" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Affording protection; sheltering; defensive. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. Serving to keep safe; defensive; serving to foster home industries; as, a protective tariff. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. Protectively. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. 1. Prophylactic, preventing infection, conferring immunity. 2. A thin oil-silk tissue used in surgical dressings. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  8. Affording protection: defensive: sheltering. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Affording or suitable for protection; sheltering. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Affording protection; affording protection to home commodities. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. Serving or tending to defend or shelter. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. Oiled silk used in surgery for its waterproof qualities. American pocket medical dictionary.
  13. Affording protection against disease or injury; as a n., a waterproof material to be placed in direct contact with a wound in antiseptic treatment. [Lat.] Appleton's medical dictionary.

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