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1    giving or capable of giving protection  
2      (Economics)   of, relating to, or intended for protection of domestic industries  
3    something that protects  
4    a condom  
  protectively      adv  
  protectiveness      n  

protective coloration  
      n   the coloration of an animal that enables it to blend with its surroundings and therefore escape the attention of predators  
protective tariff  
      n   a tariff levied on imports to protect the domestic economy rather than to raise revenue  
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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
large enough to have an effect or be important
[US] The series has aroused considerable interest.
not matter; have no value or effect; be useless
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