[ adverb ] in a protective manner
"he bent protectively over the woman"
Used in print(Arthur Miller, "The Prophecy," in The Best...)
Now she kept herself protectively ready to laugh again and sure_enough he pointed at her with his index_finger and said `` Toot '' ! once_more and roared_off into the fog , his foot evidently surprising him with the suddenness with which it pressed the accelerator , just as his hand did when he worked .