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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. Mimicry.
  • 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 protect.
  • noun UK Something that protects.
  • noun A condom.

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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