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
The suit calls that a vague requirement which subjects physicians to criminal liability and violates the Constitution's equal protection and due process clauses.
Barone said several structures were at risk of being consumed by the flames, with several structure-protection crews dispatched along the perimeter of the fire.
Production capacity for the vaccine was limited as well, and the need to give two doses 2 weeks apart for optimal protection created extra logistical problems.
Sapphire’s mining cards on Overclockers UK list a one-year warranty, while the versions sold on Newegg offer a scant 180 days of protection.
McLaughlin was honored for the village's Open Lands Program in 1995; veterans' programs and urban forestry in 2007; climate protection in 2008, and anti-bullying in 2015.
Landscapes under formal protection, such as national parks, were more likely to remain intact.
Without ESA protections, many worry that more logging, mining and road construction would further reduce or fragment grizzly habitat in Yellowstone's ecosystem.
Its Clean Water Act protection is stuck in a bureaucratic quagmire — the stream's future tied to the fate of the last, large area of Jefferson County not already fully developed.
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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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