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protective

adjective
 
 
/prəˈtektɪv/
PROTECTING B2 giving protection: protective clothing a protective maskDefending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving
CARING wanting to protect someone from criticism, hurt, danger, etc because you like them: She's fiercely protective of her children.Defending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving
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