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"protective" in British English

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protectiveadjective

uk   us   /prəˈtek.tɪv/
B2 giving ​protection: protective ​clothing a protective ​mask and ​gogglesC1 wanting to ​protect someone from ​criticism, ​hurt, ​danger, etc. because you like them very much: It's ​easy to be too protective towards/ofyourchildren. She's ​fiercely protective of the man she ​married 29 ​years ago.
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protectively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
He put an ​arm around her ​shoulder protectively.
protectiveness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of protective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"protective" in American English

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protectiveadjective

 us   /prəˈtek·tɪv/
able to ​keep someone or something ​safe from ​injury or ​damage: Firefighters ​wear protective ​clothing to ​reduce the ​risk of being ​burned. She is ​fiercely protective of her ​family.
(Definition of protective from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"protective" in Business English

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protectiveadjective

uk   us   /prəˈtektɪv/
giving ​protection against a disease, ​injury, ​damage, or ​loss: Three ​majordrugcompanies 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 ​carindustry could be ​wiped out.
(Definition of protective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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