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

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 on the Web The car caused fractures to the 16th and 29th steps of the right-hand flight rising up from Spanish Square, Rome's heritage protection body said in a statement. CNN, 13 May 2022 The health protection agency recommends greater precautions as indicators worsen. Amanda Kaufman, BostonGlobe.com, 13 May 2022 The Will County Board has allocated some of its federal American Rescue Plan Act funds, starting with its townships, fire protection districts and the forest preserve district. Michelle Mullins, Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2022 Daily coronavirus cases in California are up 150% from a month ago, and as a result, health officials in the Bay Area are pleading with the public to maintain or resume vigilant COVID protection measures, including masking in public places. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 May 2022 Porter is a former law professor specializing in consumer protection law. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 12 May 2022 On April 16, a Meijer asset protection detective called police after a shoplifter left the Broadview Road store. John Benson, cleveland, 11 May 2022 On Monday the Senate voted unanimously to extend police protection to the justices’ immediate family. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 11 May 2022 The work is a small portion of a $2.5 billion flood protection bond that Harris County passed in 2018. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of protection

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Protection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protection. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for protection

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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