self-pro·​tec·​tion | \ ˌself-prə-ˈtek-shən How to pronounce self-protection (audio) \
plural self-protections

Definition of self-protection

: the act of protecting oneself, one's property, or one's group : self-defense kept a bat under the bed for self-protection … found that conflict-affected communities often develop sophisticated self-protection strategies …— Lisa Fuller GEMINI … A painful past makes you guard your feelings, but such self-protection can lead to isolation and missed opportunities.Harper's Bazaar sometimes used before another nounself-protection techniquesa self-protection seminar

First Known Use of self-protection

1635, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-protection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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