protection

noun
pro·​tec·​tion | \ prə-ˈtek-shən How to pronounce protection (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, some other privacy advocates applauded Gillibrand's bill, saying an agency zeroed in on consumer privacy could provide new protections. Grant Gross, Washington Examiner, "Kirsten Gillibrand wants a new privacy agency," 20 Feb. 2020 The diocese had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection just hours before the trial was set to start. USA Today, "Boy Scouts files Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the face of thousands of child abuse allegations," 18 Feb. 2020 Aliens will not be permitted to disappear into the U.S. before a court issues a final decision on whether they will be admitted and provided protection under U.S. law. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "13 immigrant kids separated from families arrive in Michigan," 14 Feb. 2020 Even the smallest among us are fully deserving of protection from violence. Russell D. Moore, National Review, "A Law to Protect Abortion Survivors Shouldn’t Be Necessary, but It Is," 14 Feb. 2020 Equal pay is a nuanced issue that touches everything from amateur training conditions to the lack of maternity leave protections for female athletes. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Serena Williams and Secret Are Launching a Study on Gender Inequality in Sports," 11 Feb. 2020 Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters Swiss voters agreed on Sunday to penalize public homophobia, greenlighting an amendment to an antidiscrimination law that had not provided protection for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people. Elian Peltier, New York Times, "Swiss Vote to Penalize Public Homophobia," 9 Feb. 2020 The downtown is already designated as a national historical district, which provides protections for the city’s historic buildings and gives Cotulla mention on tourism maps and in national park directories. Randy Diamond, San Antonio Express-News, "Bust Town Gamble," 7 Feb. 2020 Once the dash was over, those hoplites who survived could fight hand to hand and press the advantage of better protection from their sturdier shields. National Geographic, "At the Battle of Marathon, Athens' underdog victory stunned Persia," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of protection

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of protection was in the 14th century

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24 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Protection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protection. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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protection

noun
How to pronounce protection (audio)

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 How to pronounce protection (audio) \

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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