protective etymology

English word protective comes from English protect, English -ive

Detailed word origin of protective

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
protect English (eng) (travel, aviation) to book a passenger on a later flight if there is a chance they will not be able to board their earlier reserved flight.. To keep safe; to defend; to guard; to prevent harm coming to.
-ive English (eng) An adjective suffix signifying relating or belonging to, of the nature of, tending to; as affirmative, active, conclusive, corrective, diminutive.
protective English (eng) (British) Something that protects.. A condom. Serving, intended or wishing to protect.

Words with the same origin as protective

Descendants of -ive
administrative aggressive competitive explosive investigative manipulative obsessive secretive