Synonyms for (adjective) protective

Synonyms: protective

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

Usage: protective of his reputation

Similar words: careful

Definition: exercising caution or showing care or attention

Usage: they were careful when crossing the busy street; be careful to keep her shoes clean; did very careful research; careful art restorers; careful of the rights of others; careful about one's behavior


Synonyms: protective

Definition: intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind

Usage: 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

Similar words: prophylactic, cautionary

Definition: warding off

Usage: the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples- Victor Schultze


Similar words: prophylactic, contraceptive, antifertility

Definition: capable of preventing conception or impregnation

Usage: contraceptive devices and medications


Similar words: tutelar, tutelary, custodial

Definition: providing protective supervision; watching over or safeguarding

Usage: daycare that is educational and not just custodial; a guardian angel; tutelary gods


Similar words: evasive

Definition: avoiding or escaping from difficulty or danger especially enemy fire

Usage: pilots are taught to take evasive action


Similar words: overprotective

Definition: overly protective

Usage: overprotective parents


Similar words: preservative

Definition: tending or having the power to preserve

Usage: timbers should be treated with a preservative substance


Similar words: protecting

Definition: shielding (or designed to shield) against harm or discomfort

Usage: the protecting blanket of snow; a protecting alibi


Similar words: restrictive

Definition: (of tariff) protective of national interests by restricting imports


Similar words: safety-related

Definition: providing or ensuring safety


Synonyms: protective

Definition: showing care

Usage: a protective mother

Similar words: tender

Definition: given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality

Usage: a tender heart; a tender smile; tender loving care; tender memories; a tender mother