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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Protective  \Pro*tect"ive\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  protectif.] 
  Affording  protection;  sheltering;  defensive.  ``  The  favor  of 
  a  protective  Providence.''  --Feltham. 
 
  {Protective  coloring}  (Zo["o]l.),  coloring  which  serves  for 
  the  concealment  and  preservation  of  a  living  organism.  Cf 
  {Mimicry}.  --Wallace. 
 
  {Protective  tariff}  (Polit.  Econ.),  a  tariff  designed  to 
  secure  protection  (see  {Protection},  4.),  as  distinguished 
  from  a  tariff  designed  to  raise  revenue.  See  {Tariff},  and 
  {Protection},  4. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  protective 
  adj  1:  intended  or  adapted  to  afford  protection  of  some  kind  "a 
  protective  covering";  "the  use  of  protective  masks  and 
  equipment";  "protective  coatings";  "kept  the  drunken 
  sailor  in  protective  custody";  "animals  with 
  protective  coloring";  "protective  tariffs"  [ant:  {unprotective}] 
  2:  showing  a  care  "a  caring  mother"  [syn:  {caring}] 
  3:  (usually  followed  by  `of')  solicitously  caring  or  mindful; 
  "protective  of  his  reputation"  [syn:  {protective(p)}] 




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