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protective

adjective     /prəˈtek.tɪv/
B2 giving protection : protective clothing a protective mask and goggles Defending 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     /-li/ adverb He put an arm around her shoulder protectively.Defending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving protectiveness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Defending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving
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