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 Knix’s Leakproof Underwear Kits (starting at $119) include two pairs of Super Leakproof Underwear, which offer the same amount of protection and absorbency as eight regular tampons. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "Knix uses virtual bra fittings to give you the perfect fit," 13 Oct. 2020 The draft also reportedly warns that, without proper regulation, a project like Libra could undermine financial stability, consumer protection, privacy, taxation or cybersecurity. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "G7 bankers set to block Facebook’s Libra currency," 12 Oct. 2020 Other topics include fall protection, personal responsibility, customer service, physical fitness, teamwork, tool use and numerous activities related to erecting and dismantling scaffolding. Amanda Mcelfresh, NOLA.com, "Hands-on training from RPCC helps locals find quick employment, new career paths in scaffolding work," 12 Oct. 2020 Moorhead said the combination of factors includes decision-making, ball protection and leadership. oregonlive, "Joe Moorhead outlines the factors that will go into determining Oregon’s starting quarterback," 12 Oct. 2020 Over the past 11 years, the Karuk have put together wildfire protection, climate change adaptation and fuels reduction plans, including traditional burning, for about 1.3 million acres of their ancestral lands along the Klamath and Salmon rivers. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "California tribe offered solution to wildfire management. Was U.S. Forest Service listening?," 11 Oct. 2020 This morning, Cal Fire, the state’s fire-protection agency, calculates the scope of the fire at eight hundred acres. Dave Eggers, The New Yorker, "All That Could Burn," 11 Oct. 2020 The framework addresses key areas of acute need, including testing, direct stimulus payments to families, unemployment support, small-business aid, liability protection, food security, election support, state and local aid, and school funding. Dean Phillips And Dusty Johnson, Star Tribune, "Even now, some of us in Congress are trying to find bipartisan compromise to revive the economy," 9 Oct. 2020 Carroll County employees included Jason Watt, resource conservation, 20 years; Jaime Tsambikos, plant protection and weed management, five years; and Amy Vargas, animal health, five years. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Business briefs: Dept. of Agriculture honors employees; Carroll Hospital names physician and provider of month," 9 Oct. 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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17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Protection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protection. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for protection

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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