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protective

adjective uk   /prəˈtek.tɪv/ us  
B2 giving protection: protective clothing a protective mask and gogglesDefending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving C1 wanting to protect someone from criticism, hurt, danger, etc. because you like them very much: It's easy to be too protective towards/of your children. She's fiercely protective of the man she married 29 years ago.Liking
protectively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
He put an arm around her shoulder protectively.Defending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving
protectiveness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Defending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving
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