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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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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