from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Adapted or intended to afford protection.
  • n. Something that protects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Serving, intended or wishing to protect.
  • n. Something that protects.
  • n. A condom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Affording protection; sheltering; defensive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Affording protection; sheltering; defensive.
  • Adapted or intended to afford protection: as, a protective measure; affording protection to commodities of home production: as, a protective tariff; protective taxes.
  • n. That which protects; something adapted to afford protection.
  • n. In surgery, carbolized oiled silk applied over wounds for the exclusion of pathogenic bacteria.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind
  • adj. (usually followed by `of') solicitously caring or mindful
  • adj. showing care


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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