Adjective: protective pru'tek-tiv
- 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"
- Showing care
"a protective mother"
- (usually followed by 'of') solicitously caring or mindful
"protective of his reputation"
- 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, French letter [Brit], johnny [Brit]