pro·tec·tive /prəˈtɛktɪv/ 形容詞
Pro·tect·ive a. Affording protection; sheltering; defensive. “ The favor of a protective Providence.”
Protective coloring Zool., 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.
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)]