un·​pro·​tect·​ed | \ ˌən-prə-ˈtek-təd How to pronounce unprotected (audio) \

Definition of unprotected

1 : lacking protection or defense unprotected troops skin unprotected from the sun's rays
2 : performed without the use of birth control to prevent pregnancy also : performed without the use of a condom to prevent spread of sexually transmitted disease unprotected sex

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Examples of unprotected in a Sentence

They're planning to build roads over thousands of acres of unprotected land. If your computer is unprotected, you're likely to get a virus.
Recent Examples on the Web Andrej Sekera would fulfill the requirement on defense, as would either Dickinson or Pavelski, whoever is left unprotected. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Who might the Dallas Stars lose to the expansion draft in the summer?," 21 Dec. 2020 Austin FC can take a total of five players left unprotected in the draft and only one from any individual club. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando City protects key veterans ahead of expansion draft," 14 Dec. 2020 But Khan is reluctant, fearing they will be ordered to combat in another part of Afghanistan and that their homes and relatives in Panjwai will be left unprotected. Los Angeles Times, "The U.S. is rushing to the exit in Afghanistan. The Taliban is filling the gaps," 7 Dec. 2020 That way, everyone will get either a highly effective vaccine or another active vaccine that will hopefully provide similar benefits – and no one will be left unprotected. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, "Continuing COVID-19 vaccine trials may put volunteers at unnecessary risk. Is that ethical?," 5 Dec. 2020 Right-hander Zack Brown and corner infielder Lucas Erceg also fall in that group but were left unprotected last year and were not taken in the Rule 5 draft. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers promote Matt Arnold to general manager, dividing titles atop baseball operation," 19 Nov. 2020 Hornung was one the Packers left unprotected and the Saints grabbed him. Rod Walker | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "The late Paul Hornung had plenty ties to Louisiana, including with the inaugural New Orleans Saints," 13 Nov. 2020 The players left unprotected include USWNT forward Christen Press, midfielder Vero Boquete and veteran goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Royals protect 11 players for upcoming expansion draft," 5 Nov. 2020 When asked about the percentages of waterways across the country left unprotected, Wheeler questioned the figures. USA Today, "Trump's EPA rewrote the rules on air, water energy. Now voters face a choice on climate change issues," 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of unprotected

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unprotected was in 1597

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8 Jan 2021

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“Unprotected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprotected. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unprotected

: not guarded or kept from something that can cause harm or damage
of sexual activity : done without using anything (such as a condom) that can prevent unwanted pregnancy or the spread of disease (such as AIDS)


un·​pro·​tect·​ed | \ -prə-ˈtek-təd How to pronounce unprotected (audio) \

Medical Definition of unprotected

: not protected especially : performed without measures to prevent pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease unprotected sexual intercourse

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