from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Adapted or intended to afford protection.
- noun Something that protects.
from The Century Dictionary.
- 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.
- noun That which protects; something adapted to afford protection.
- noun In surgery, carbolized oiled silk applied over wounds for the exclusion of pathogenic bacteria.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Affording protection; sheltering; defensive.
- adjective (Zoöl.) coloring which serves for the concealment and preservation of a living organism. Cf.
- adjective (Polit. Econ.) a tariff designed to secure protection (see
Protection, 4.), as distinguished from a tariff designed to raise revenue. See Tariff, and Protection, 4.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Serving, intended or wishing to
- noun UK Something that protects.
- noun A
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind
- adjective (usually followed by `of') solicitously caring or mindful
- adjective showing care
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