un·pro·tect·ed | \ ˌən-prə-ˈtek-təd \

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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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.

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Should unprotected skin come into contact with giant hogweed sap, wash the area as soon as possible with soap and cold water. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "Giant Hogweed Sent This Virginia Teen to the Hospital. Here's What to Know About the Scary Plant That Can Burn Your Skin and Lead to Blindness," 13 July 2018 The unprotected need the government to provide good public schools so that their children have a chance to advance. Steven Brill, Time, "How Baby Boomers Broke America," 17 May 2018 Plus, summer is approaching, which means can catch him driving around in a convertible, completely unprotected from the ultraviolet fireball above. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "How I Got My Dad to Wear Sunscreen," 24 May 2018 The website flaw had to do with an unprotected API, which T-Mobile pulled offline a day after this bug was reported through its bug bounty program. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "An unsecured T-Mobile website made customer information available to anyone," 24 May 2018 Adding insult to injury was the fact that the adults meant to mentor him left him unprotected and twisting in the wind. Angela Helm, The Root, "White Boy Scout Leader to Black Kid: It’s OK That You Were Called the N-Word. ‘I’ve Seen a Lot Worse’," 4 July 2018 Perfect vaccination coverage in any country is rare, but leaving more than a third of the population unprotected is dangerous. The Economist, "Polio has been reported in Papua New Guinea," 28 June 2018 One part of his lesson plan is to show the campers how much information is available if left unprotected on public servers. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Girl Scouts Are Learning to Pick Locks and Hack Computers," 28 June 2018 Yet, because of their unprotected storage, these discoveries could not be matched through DNA to the victim or the suspects. Christian Boone, ajc, "Damaged evidence, shifty witnesses mark truck-dragging murder trial," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of unprotected

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Medical Definition of unprotected 

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

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