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1       adj   Protective means designed or intended to protect something or someone from harm.  
usu ADJ n  
Protective gloves reduce the absorption of chemicals through the skin..., Protective measures are necessary if the city's monuments are to be preserved.     
2       adj   If someone is protectivetowards you, they look after you and show a strong desire to keep you safe.  
oft ADJ towards/of n  
He is very protective towards his mother...     
  protectively      adv   ADV with v  
Simon drove me to the airport and protectively told me to look after myself.     
  protectiveness      n-uncount  
What she felt now was protectiveness towards her brothers, her sister and her new baby.     

protective custody     
If a witness in a court case is being held in protective custody, they are being kept in prison in order to prevent them from being harmed.      n-uncount  
They might be doing me a good turn if they took me into protective custody.     
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careful, covering, defensive, fatherly, insulating, jealous, maternal, motherly, paternal, possessive, protecting, safeguarding, sheltering, shielding, vigilant, warm, watchful  

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