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English definition of “protective”

protective

adjective     /prəˈtektɪv/
giving protection against a disease , injury , damage , or loss : Three major drug companies are working to develop protective vaccines . protective clothing / equipment / gear protective gloves / masks / suits
ECONOMICS intended to help a country's trade or industry : If protective barriers disappeared overnight , the country's infant car industry could be wiped out.
(Definition of protective adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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