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

Labor law gives some protections to nonunion employees who protest work issues. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Lots of noise, little participation in Detroit security guard strike," 13 June 2019 The zoning board will review the March hearing between the conservation board and the park board and decide whether or not the conservation board was right to remove protections on the four trees. Maia Anderson, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Zoning Board of Appeals set to decide fate of Lytle Park trees," 13 June 2019 Hol Chan was declared a marine reserve—the first in Belize—25 years ago, and has helped pave the road for marine protection throughout coastal Belize and the rest of the world. National Geographic, "Belize High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 For reverse mortgages taken out before Aug. 4, 2014, non-borrowing spouses have fewer protections. Janna Herron, USA TODAY, "Are you thinking of getting a reverse mortgage? Who should consider one and who shouldn't," 12 June 2019 Alabama was one of two states before today that did not have equal pay protection under state law. al.com, "Alabama joins 48 states with equal pay act on books," 12 June 2019 The county has invested more than $500 million since 2003 on fire protection improvements. Ramona Sentinel, "Dianne’s Corner: Stepping up fire preparedness," 12 June 2019 The law, which goes into effect in January 2020, gives judges the power to issue extreme risk protection orders temporarily removing firearms from people believed to be a high risk of harming themselves or others. Anna Staver, The Denver Post, "Gun rights group “not confident” about Tom Sullivan recall as help pours in for Democrat," 11 June 2019 That forfeiture links to the criminal case against Insys and is unaffected by any bankruptcy protections. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Lap-dances, kick-backs, and debt: Infamous opioid maker files for bankruptcy," 11 June 2019

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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 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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