Adjective "protective" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Intended to protect someone or something.
  1. 'However, we do also know that activity is good for you, and even protective against some of the more terminal conditions that we can get, like the aforementioned heart attacks.'
  2. 'They are calling for protective barriers to be put in place and intend to raise awareness on this issue at the ceremony.'
  3. 'And that's not to mention research showing that beer is protective against gallstone formation, osteoporosis and even diabetes.'
  4. 'So in terms of making the country work to be protective against these kinds of things, we have a way to go.'
  5. 'Affluent populations are, in general, the first to take up practices that are perceived as protective of child health; in the latter part of the decade, this meant declining immunisation.'
  6. 'One day I opened up a disposable camera package in my classroom, which came in an anti-x-ray metal foil packet and was wrapped in a cardboard protective lining.'
  7. 'As he arrived he saw neighbours being forced back from the house by the intense heat of the inferno, and dashed towards the end terrace house without stopping to put on any protective fireproof clothing or his breathing gear.'
  8. 'A diet rich in antioxidant vitamins (A, C and E), available in fresh fruit and vegetables, is thought to be protective against stomach cancer.'
  9. 'Antioxidant micronutrients found in fruits and vegetables have been shown in numerous studies to be protective against cancer.'
  10. 'The blade body consists of a spar assembly, leading edge protective strips, skins over a honeycomb core and a trailing edge strip.'
  11. 'as adults we are naturally protective of children'
  12. 'I understand why he is so protective of his only girl, but sometimes it eats me up inside that I have to lie to him constantly.'
  13. 'As such, he was steeped in the culture of his job - this means that he was protective of his trust assets and of his beneficiaries' apparent requirements.'
  14. 'Could it have anything to do with my dog being protective of me?'
  15. 'I guess I was a bit protective of Beth, but she was my cousin and one of my best friends, and I knew Jake and Matt too well to want her to be with either of them.'
  16. 'He thought of her as his little girl still, so sometimes he was a bit protective.'
  17. 'The intelligence community will always be protective of sources and methods.'
  18. 'Four girls appear, dressed in white afternoon dresses with full skirts and short sleeves, the picture of mid-adolescent or young womanhood, protective of each other in a two by two pattern.'
  19. 'I knew he must have been kidding, but I felt a bit protective about Stephanie, even though she completely hated me.'
  20. 'His mother was protective of him - she had been ever since his father had died - but she wasn't letting him live his own life.'
  21. 'All fathers act a little protective, especially to their daughters.'
  22. 'If the single tax raised all the revenue needed by government, it would render a protective tariff unnecessary for revenue raising.'
  23. 'They advocated protective tariffs for industry, a national bank, and plenty of public works and patronage.'
  24. 'The Tariff Reformers advocated protective indirect taxes to raise such revenues: the Liberals legislated for expanded direct taxes.'


A thing that protects someone or something.
  1. 'These fake programs are promoted vigorously on the Internet, and many computer users are lured into installing what they think is a protective.'


1. having the quality or function of protecting: a protective covering.

2. tending to protect.

3. Economics. of, relating to, or designed to favor protectionism: protective tariffs.

4. defensive (def 4).

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be protective of people."

"couples can be protective of children."

"ages can be protective in cholangitises."

"unions can be protective of players."

"systems can be protective of healths."

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