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).
"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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