Definition of protectively in US English:

protectively

adverb

  • See protective

    • ‘Then she's held down protectively by her friend for the duration.’
    • ‘It was a peaceful area, where the grass was soft and the trees surrounded them protectively.’
    • ‘His arm slid protectively around my back, and pulled me tighter in his embrace.’
    • ‘Her thin arms are crossed protectively across her flat chest, and there's a small scar beneath her mouth.’
    • ‘Then she drew the curtains and arranged the sectional sofa protectively around us like stagecoaches.’

Pronunciation

protectively

/prəˈtɛktɪvli//prəˈtektivlē/