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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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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Feudalism is a hierarchical system where the wealthy own land, while the poor farm said land in exchange for a place to live, as well as protection. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is Capitalism?," 7 Jan. 2019 The judges who have been confirmed will also likely serve for decades and play a pivotal role in decisions weighing everything from the preservation of DACA protections to the legality of voter suppression tactics. Li Zhou, Vox, "Trump has gotten 66 judges confirmed this year. In his second year, Obama had gotten 49.," 27 Dec. 2018 What’s worse, there’s virtually no union protection if a company completely shuts down. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "As digital media companies brace for change, unions try to cushion the blow," 26 Dec. 2018 In the months after, architects amplified calls for better protections against harassment, misconduct, and discrimination. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How cities became more equitable in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 The report did not elaborate on why Cengiz was given police protection. Fox News, "Khashoggi's fiancée under police protection, Turkish media report," 22 Oct. 2018 President Trump’s trade team is in fraught negotiations over China’s intellectual property protection and industrial policies. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Guangdong’s Factories Speak No Evil, Even if They Wanted To," 23 Dec. 2018 The 3 1/2-hour hearing Tuesday hit upon familiar themes — online privacy, data protection and the danger of digital monopolies — that are poised to come into even sharper focus next year. Michael Liedtke, The Seattle Times, "Google grilled in Congress: What’s ahead for tech companies," 12 Dec. 2018 Also on the agenda: Civil rights and liberties; workplace protections and labor rights; Medicare for all; public education; and reproductive rights. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 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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