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protective

adjective
     
Related topics: Economics
pro‧tec‧tive
1 [only before noun] used or intended for protection:
protective clothing
Sunscreen provides a protective layer against the sun's harmful rays.
2 wanting to protect someone from harm or danger
protective towards
I can't help feeling protective towards my kids.
protective of
He's very protective of his younger brother.
3PE intended to give an advantage to your own country's industry:
protective tariffs
protectively adverb
protectiveness noun [uncountable]

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