Definition of protection
2a : one that protectsb : supervision or support of one that is smaller and weakerc : 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 briberyb : money extorted by racketeers posing as a protective association
5 : coverage 1a
6 : anchoring equipment placed in cracks for safety while rock climbing
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.
Recent Examples of protection from the Web
House Democrats approved bills on immigrant protections and penalties for repeat gun offenders over the holiday weekend but have yet to act on an annual budget.
The city filed for Chapter 9 municipal protection in 2012 with over $700 million in debt, and emerged in 2015 after cost-cutting and reorganization.
Flynn had previously invoked his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination in declining an earlier request from the committee.
The March 17 strike sparked calls from Iraqi and world leaders for greater protection of civilians.
Hapilon, who was recovering from wounds inflicted by an airstrike in January, is still hiding out in the city under the protection of gunmen who are desperately trying to find a way to extricate him, said Philippine military chief Gen. Eduardo Ano.
Much of the island is protected wildland, but Brazil has a history of big-money interests winning out against environmental protections.
Intellectual property protection needs to be strengthened.
This vertical rucksack holds hearing protection, safety glasses, bug spray, sunscreen, a first-aid kit, water, and coffee.
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First Known Use of protection
PROTECTION Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of protection for Students
1 : the act of shielding from harm : the state of being shielded from harm
2 : a person or thing that shields from harm
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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