protection

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noun pro·tec·tion \prə-ˈtek-shən\

Definition of protection

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

  2. 2a :  one that protectsb :  supervision or support of one that is smaller and weakerc :  a contraceptive device (such as a condom)

  3. 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

  4. 4a :  immunity from prosecution purchased by criminals through briberyb :  money extorted by racketeers posing as a protective association

  5. 5 :  coverage 1a

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

Examples of protection in a Sentence

  1. He fights for the protection of the environment.

  2. Hard hats provide protection for the workers' heads.

  3. The witness was placed under police protection.

Recent Examples of protection from the Web

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First Known Use of protection

14th century


PROTECTION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of protection for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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noun pro·tec·tion \prə-ˈtek-shən\

Definition of protection for Students

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

  2. 2 :  a person or thing that shields from harm


Law Dictionary

protection

noun pro·tec·tion

Legal Definition of protection

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

  2. 2a :  one that protects b :  supervision or support of one having less power protection of endangered species

  3. 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

  4. 4a :  immunity from prosecution purchased by criminals through bribery b :  money extorted by racketeers posing as a protective association

  5. 5 :  coverage for loss provided by insurance



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