protection

noun
pro·tec·tion | \ prə-ˈtek-shən \

Definition of protection 

1 : the act of protecting : the state of being protected

2a : one that protects

b : supervision or support of one that is smaller and weaker

c : a contraceptive device (such as a condom)

3 : the freeing of the producers of a country from foreign competition in their home market by restrictions (such as high duties) on foreign competitive goods

4a : immunity from prosecution purchased by criminals through bribery

b : money extorted by racketeers posing as a protective association

6 : anchoring equipment placed in cracks for safety while rock climbing

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Synonyms & Antonyms for protection

Synonyms

safeness, safety, security

Antonyms

danger, distress, endangerment, imperilment, jeopardy, peril, trouble

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Examples of protection in a Sentence

He fights for the protection of the environment. Hard hats provide protection for the workers' heads. The witness was placed under police protection.
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Recent Examples on the Web

These plans would bypass the law’s protections that prevent companies from charging higher prices to women, older people and those with preexisting medical conditions. Phil Galewitz, Washington Post, "Outrageous Or Overblown? HHS Announces Another Round Of ACA Navigator Funding Cuts," 12 July 2018 In March of this year, Bustle bought the fashion and style site Zoe Report from Rachel Zoe. Gawker Media was forced to file for chapter 11 protection in June 2016 after losing a lawsuit brought by professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. Jonathan Randles And Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ, "Bustle Owner Bryan Goldberg Wins Bankruptcy Auction for Gawker.com," 12 July 2018 The proposal, known as a ‘safe third country agreement,’ would potentially require asylum seekers transiting through Mexico to apply for protection in that nation rather than in the United States. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Leaked recordings of Ga. governor candidate highlight why people mistrust politicians," 11 July 2018 One issue that advocates have raised is that LGBTQ children need extra protections in the welfare system. NBC News, "Death of Anthony Avalos has parallels to another child abuse case in L.A.," 8 July 2018 President Trump approved the boundary change in 2017, marking the largest rollback of federal land protection in the nation’s history, according to the New York Times. Linley Sanders, Teen Vogue, "5 Things to Know About Acting EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler," 8 July 2018 Just this past week, Heron Preston sent out a slew of Nike Vision Tailwind HP performance glasses at his Spring 2019 men’s show, complete with glare protection in hues of highlighter orange. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "No More Tiny Sunglasses: Why Sporty Shades Are Summer’s Coolest Look," 27 June 2018 The Havre de Grace Police Department’s K-9 unit, Ikar, now has an extra layer of protection in the field, thanks to Protect the Paws: A K-9 Cause. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Havre de Grace Police K-9 receives donated ballistic vest," 26 June 2018 The move comes after community groups asked the school board to approve a draft safe zone resolution, which called for protections for students regardless of their immigration status to the extent allowed under law. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "East Aurora school board grapples with whether to declare District 131 a safe zone from immigration enforcement," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of protection

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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protection

noun

English Language Learners Definition of protection

: the state of being kept from harm, loss, etc. : the state of being protected

: something that keeps a person or thing from being harmed, lost, etc. : something that protects someone or something

: a device (such as a condom) that is used during sex to prevent pregnancy or the spread of diseases

protection

noun
pro·tec·tion | \ prə-ˈtek-shən \

Kids Definition of protection

1 : the act of shielding from harm : the state of being shielded from harm

2 : a person or thing that shields from harm

protection

noun
pro·tec·tion

Legal Definition of protection 

1 : the act of protecting : the state of being protected entitled to constitutional protection

2a : one that protects

b : supervision or support of one having less power protection of endangered species

3 : the freeing of the producers of goods of a country from foreign competition in their home market by restrictions (as high duties) on foreign competitive goods

4a : immunity from prosecution purchased by criminals through bribery

b : money extorted by racketeers posing as a protective association

5 : coverage for loss provided by insurance

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