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Protective vs. Overprotective

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Protectiveadjective

serving, intended or wishing to protect

‘The fighter dropped into a protective stance.’; ‘The castle's moat served a protective function.’; ‘Mother bears are famously protective of their cubs.’;

Overprotectiveadjective

excessively protective, wanting to give too much protection (especially to children)

Protectivenoun

(British) Something that protects.

Protectivenoun

A condom.

Protectiveadjective

Affording protection; sheltering; defensive.

Protectiveadjective

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’;

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Protectiveadjective

showing a care;

‘a caring mother’;

Protectiveadjective

(usually followed by `of') solicitously caring or mindful;

‘protective of his reputation’;

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