What does the word protective mean?

Usage examples for protective

  1. At a later time it was pointed out that the party had not been founded solely on idealism; that the adherence of Pennsylvania to the party, for example, was due at least in a measure to Republican advocacy of a protective tariff; that Salmon P. Chase and Edwin M. Stanton, two of the leading members of Lincoln's cabinet had been Democrats; and that Lincoln's second election and the successful outcome of the war had been due partly to the support of his political opponents. – The United States Since The Civil War by Charles Ramsdell Lingley
  2. The Probation Association organizes among working girls protective leagues, fourteen of which leagues have been started. – Commercialized Prostitution in New York City by George Jackson Kneeland
  3. In any case, the instinctive manner of holding the wings is associated with the protective colouring, and must remain as it is if the latter is to be effective. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others