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 Harrison hit him helmet-to-helmet but Cribbs didn’t have the same protections as Massaquoi, who was defenseless, because Cribbs was a runner. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "James Harrison claims Mike Tomlin ‘handed me an envelope’ after fine for hit on Browns Mohamed Massaquoi; Steelers say no basis for believing it happened," 15 May 2020 Migrants' advocates call that a pretext to dispense with federal protections for children. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why youth migrants at U.S. border face immediate deportation," 14 May 2020 Already healthcare workers who lacked the crucial protection had caught COVID-19 after treating patients infected with the highly contagious new coronavirus. Martha Mendoza, Fortune, "‘It’s just unprecedented’: Counterfeit face masks are reaching frontline health care workers in U.S.," 13 May 2020 The only protection the vulnerable bombers had were the fighter escorts that guarded them over enemy territory. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Tuskegee Airmen Were So Badass," 5 May 2020 But are the nurses in Houston seeing the proper protections to ensure their safety? Paul Wedding, Houston Chronicle, "Houston nurses working through cornavirus pandemic," 1 May 2020 Blood type A appears to be associated with a higher risk of contracting the virus, whereas type O offers the most protection for reasons that have yet to be determined. Loïc Mangin, Scientific American, "Do Your Genes Predispose You to COVID-19?," 30 Apr. 2020 Such antibribery efforts include ensuring transparency in public procurement, effective protection of whistleblowers and press freedom, according to the working group. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "Antibribery Group Warns of Bribery Risks During Coronavirus Pandemic," 28 Apr. 2020 Bucay says that mineral sunscreens offer the broadest spectrum protection. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Yes, You Need to Be Wearing Sunscreen Indoors—Here Are the Best Ones, According to Dermatologists," 27 Apr. 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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18 May 2020

Cite this Entry

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