protective


protective
adj.
VERBS
be, feel
become
ADVERB
fiercely, highly, very

Lionesses are fiercely protective of their young.

overly

an overly protective father

PREPOSITION
of

He's too jealous and protective of her.

towards/toward

She felt suddenly very protective towards/toward her mother.

Protective is used with these nouns: ↑arm, ↑armour, ↑barrier, ↑clothing, ↑coating, ↑cover, ↑custody, ↑effect, ↑embrace, ↑equipment, ↑finish, ↑gear, ↑glove, ↑goggles, ↑helmet, ↑instinct, ↑lacquer, ↑layer, ↑mask, ↑measure, ↑mechanism, ↑role, ↑shell, ↑shield, ↑sleeve, ↑suit, ↑tariff, ↑umbrella, ↑varnish, ↑vest

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • protective — (adj.) 1660s, from PROTECT (Cf. protect) + IVE (Cf. ive). Protective custody is from 1933, translating Ger. Schutzhaft, used cynically by the Nazis …   Etymology dictionary

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  • protective — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ serving, intended, or wishing to protect. ► NOUN Brit. 1) a thing that protects. 2) dated a condom. DERIVATIVES protectively adverb protectiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

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  • protective — [[t]prəte̱ktɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Protective means designed or intended to protect something or someone from harm. Protective gloves reduce the absorption of chemicals through the skin... Protective measures are necessary if the city s… …   English dictionary

  • protective — adjective 1 (only before noun) used or intended for protection: protective clothing | protective legislation | a protective layer of varnish 2 wanting to protect someone from harm or danger, often in a way that unintentionally restricts their… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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