Definition of protectiveness in US English:

protectiveness

noun

  • See protective

    • ‘I'll make one further complaint, not against the poet, but against the protectiveness of some of his supporters.’
    • ‘Possessiveness, jealousy, and protectiveness are high.’
    • ‘Now I think of all the good things about her and once again feel that protectiveness and care for her.’
    • ‘You'll note a feral protectiveness - a wariness, a mistrust.’
    • ‘On the contrary, one of the companions of belief is protectiveness - towards self, family, children, home, nation.’

Pronunciation

protectiveness

/prəˈtɛktɪvnəs//prəˈtektivnəs/