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Adjective: protective  pru'tek-tiv
  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 colouring"; "protective tariffs"
     
  2. Showing care
    "a protective mother"
     
  3. (usually followed by 'of') solicitously caring or mindful
    "protective of his reputation"
Noun: protective  pru'tek-tiv
  1. Contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse
    - condom, rubber [N. Amer], safety, safe, prophylactic, johnny [Brit], French letter [Brit]

Derived forms: protectives

See also: antifertility, careful, cautionary, contraceptive, custodial, defensive, evasive, overprotective, preservative, preventative, preventive, prophylactic, protecting, restrictive, safety-related, tender, tutelar, tutelary

Type of: birth control device, contraceptive, contraceptive device, preventative, preventive, prophylactic device

Antonym: unprotective

Encyclopedia: Protective