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protective

pro·tec·tive

protective

 
pronunciation:
pr tek tihv
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part of speech: adjective
definition: protecting or made to protect.
Visitors to the factory must wear protective clothing.The mother bear is protective of her cub.
derivations: protectively (adv.), protectiveness (n.)
Word Parts
The word protective contains the following part:
-ive, -ative Latin adjective-forming suffix that means tending to, connected with, or performing
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The suffix -ive , -ative turns Latinate verb bases into adjectives. Many adjectives ending in -ive , -ative have corresponding noun forms ending in -ity (objective , objectivity) or -ion (effusive , effusion).