- pro|tec|tive [prəˈtektıv] adj1.) [only before noun]used or intended for protection▪ protective clothing▪ Sunscreen provides a protective layer against the sun's harmful rays.2.) wanting to protect someone from harm or dangerprotective towards▪ I can't help feeling protective towards my kids.protective of▪ He's very protective of his younger brother.3.) intended to give an advantage to your own country's industry▪ protective tariffs>protectively adv>protectiveness n [U]
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.