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

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 Of note though is that the Rockets own unprotected picks from Brooklyn in 2022, 2024, and 2026 along with the right to swap selections with the Nets in 2023, 2025, and 2027. Rahat Huq, Chron, 16 Jan. 2022 France only opened its vaccination campaign to children ages 5 to 11 in late December, leaving many primary school students unprotected. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 Though plans to log Ebo came to a halt, U. dicaprio still grows in an unprotected part of the forest—threats like deforestation and mining could still threaten the plant, according to RBG Kew. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Jan. 2022 Each person who gets sick with COVID-19 can infect others, including those who are medically vulnerable, too young to be vaccinated or otherwise unprotected. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 6 Jan. 2022 The state's current eviction process lets property owners place tenants' items outside, unprotected while taking possession of a unit. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, 5 Jan. 2022 End users are known to install their own software, creating unprotected blind spots on their networks. Jeff Koyen, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 In many other parts of the US, teachers are being forced to enter the classroom unprotected, and their districts and schools are barred from choosing to implement basic public health protocols. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 4 Jan. 2022 But the Guardians couldn’t risk losing him for the Rule 5 asking price of $100,000 by leaving him unprotected. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 20 Dec. 2021

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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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“Unprotected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprotected. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of unprotected

: not guarded or kept from something that can cause harm or damage
: 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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