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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But no-nonsense Mrs. Robinson declined Secret Service protection, did her own laundry and made regular trips to CVS and Filene’s Basement alone. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, "With Becoming, Michelle Obama Proves She's Just Like You, Me, and Everyone We Know," 13 Nov. 2018 It was used to test and then implement flood-control protections that quantifiably saved lives. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 And reef animals now have additional legal protections against poaching and overfishing. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "How Things Got So Bad for the Great Barrier Reef," 25 Oct. 2018 And the Mail adds that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall also has a female protection officer. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Has a Female Bodyguard, Just Like Kate Middleton," 24 Oct. 2018 Other security features are rumored to include protection against ballistics and explosives, built-in tear gas launchers and an emergency medical suite equipped with a supply of the president’s blood type. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Trump's new 'Beast' limousine spotted roaming New York City," 24 Sep. 2018 With the move, Southwest Airlines will be the only U.S. carrier to still offer protection against price drops. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Alaska Airlines Is Dropping Its Popular Price Guarantee," 8 Aug. 2018 By mid-century the rise of unfettered markets brought demands for protection against their effects. The Economist, "The welfare state needs updating," 12 July 2018 The result was section 1 of the 14th Amendment, ratified in July 1868 and guaranteeing to black Americans — and all people born or naturalized in the United States — the constitutional protection against removal. Martha S. Jones, Time, "How the 14th Amendment's Promise of Birthright Citizenship Redefined America," 9 July 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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