One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘firefighters wear special protective clothing’
preservative, protecting, safeguarding, shielding, defensive, safety, precautionary, preventive, preventative, covering
waterproof, fireproof, heatproof, insulating
shatterproof, toughened, armoured
2‘he felt protective towards the girl’
solicitous, caring, mindful, careful, wary, watchful, vigilant, warm, maternal, paternal, fatherly, motherly, gallant, chivalrous
overprotective, possessive, jealous, clinging
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