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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Ultimately, your best protection remains your own research and instincts. Jon Gorey, BostonGlobe.com, "Hair-raising contractor horror stories — and how to avoid them," 5 Sep. 2019 As a good faith partner to the seven other states, two provinces and tribal communities that border the Great Lakes, Wisconsin should stop making broad exceptions to our water protections. Anna Clark, Twin Cities, "Anna Clark: Is Foxconn really worth risking a Great Lake?," 3 Sep. 2019 The Trump administration has been pressuring China for more than two years to make a trade deal that would strengthen its protections for American intellectual property and result in large purchases of American products. New York Times, "Trump Says China Will Suffer as Data Shows Trade War Hurting U.S.," 3 Sep. 2019 After a game with a Hungarian team ended in a brawl, the Maccabee players were taken away in police cars for their protection. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "How Holocaust survivors, immigrants and a soap opera star formed a soccer powerhouse," 30 Aug. 2019 After Waymo filed its lawsuit, Levandowski stayed resolutely silent, invoking his constitutional protection against self-incrimination. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "“Silicon Valley is not the Wild West”: Anthony Levandowski faces criminal charges for stealing trade secrets," 28 Aug. 2019 There is every chance history will repeat itself again unless our protection can be guaranteed by the international community. Tun Khin, Time, "It's Been Two Years Since 730,000 Rohingya Were Forced to Flee. There's No End in Sight to the Crisis," 25 Aug. 2019 Boosting its privacy protections could help the company pre-empt regulation and further punishment. Barbara Orturay, The Denver Post, "Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering," 25 Aug. 2019 Moreover, the fact that the Larsens were producing videos for profit did not diminish their constitutional protection. David French, National Review, "A Federal Court Strikes a Powerful Blow for Free Speech and Religious Freedom," 23 Aug. 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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