pro·​tes·​ta·​tion | \ ˌprä-tə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce protestation (audio) , ˌprō-, -ˌte-\

Definition of protestation

: the act of protesting : a solemn declaration or avowal

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Examples of protestation in a Sentence

Despite his protestations to the contrary, he appears to be guilty. the governor went on television to make a passionate protestation of his innocence in the bribery scandal

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Noelle does Lydia’s makeup against her protestations and encourages her to start dating again. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Cruelty of Aunt Lydia," 13 July 2019 Despite protestations from the family and without a court order, the county officials forcibly exhumed the body. Fox News, "Kenyan officials exhume body to retrieve uniform," 14 Aug. 2019 Biden attacked Harris' record as attorney general of California on Wednesday night with a lengthy story, earning protestations from Harris about the accuracy of his claims. NBC News, "Fact check: Biden alleges Harris allowed 1,000 prisoners back on the street," 1 Aug. 2019 But taking this route is inevitably a recipe for contestation, protestation and even violent confrontation. Moses Khisa, Quartz Africa, "President Museveni has twisted Uganda’s constitution to cling to power," 21 June 2019 Amgen outlined some of those protestations in a statement on Friday. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Big Drug Makers Sue to Block Mandatory Price Disclosures in TV Ads: Brainstorm Health," 14 June 2019 To the mix of longtime China hawks and trade hawks now driving U.S. policy, national security matters more than economic friction, and many of the protestations from the U.S. business community may fall on deaf ears. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Mike Pence Announces Cold War II," 8 Oct. 2018 To leer, grope, force, no matter what age, profession, protestation. Michael Arceneaux, Glamour, "If We Want Men to Be a Part of #MeToo, We Have to Stop Gendering the Movement," 27 Aug. 2018 And the narrative thread about Daryl and Maggie wanting to kill Negan at all costs, despite Rick’s protestations, still feels like conflict orchestrated solely to divide the longtime allies in Rick’s final moments. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Walking Dead just pulled its best switcheroo in years," 29 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of protestation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of protestation

formal : a strong statement that something is true when other people do not believe it is true

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