Protective vs Protector - What's the difference?

protective | protector |

As nouns the difference between protective and protector

is that protective is (british) something that protects while protector is someone who protects or guards, by assignment or on their own initiative.

As an adjective protective

is serving, intended or wishing to protect.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en adjective)
  • Serving, intended or wishing to protect.
  • Derived terms

    * protective custody


    (en noun)
  • (British) Something that protects.
  • A condom.
  • protector


    Alternative forms

    * protectour (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • Someone who protects or guards, by assignment or on their own initiative.
  • A device or mechanism which is designed to protect.
  • One who prevents interference.
  • A state or other subject under international law, exercising a protectorate over another subject in international law.
  • * Jon Huntsman, Jr.
  • I stand before you in the spirit of pure public service — not as a protector of the status quo, but as an agent of change.
  • (UK, historical) One having the care of the kingdom during the king's minority; a regent.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (Roman Catholic) A cardinal, from one of the more considerable Roman Catholic nations, who looks after the interests of his people at Rome; also, a cardinal who has the same relation to a college, religious order, etc.
  • Synonyms

    * guard * sentry