unprotected

adjective

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

Example Sentences

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 Durant drew an even greater return, with Phoenix parting with its 2023, 2025, 2027 and 2029 first-round picks (all unprotected). Michael Arinze, Chicago Tribune, 20 Apr. 2023 In the 2020 Rule 5 draft, the Tigers selected outfielder Akil Baddoo after the Minnesota Twins left him unprotected. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 15 Nov. 2022 But Paul can only muster guilt while Johnny, homeless, unprotected, and with a symbolic bleeding foot, becomes the film’s sacrificial Negro and slips into the carceral system. Armond White, National Review, 28 Oct. 2022 So even if everyone eligible for the new booster were to suddenly get it, 28% of us would still be unprotected. Karen Kaplanscience And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2022 To us, that was terrifying, to just be unprotected. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 19 July 2022 That means free diving, face-to-face and unprotected. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 16 June 2022 Some now find salmon shifting to spawn in places unprotected from development. Lesley Evans Ogden, Discover Magazine, 7 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unprotected was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Unprotected.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprotected. Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

unprotected

adjective
un·​pro·​tect·​ed ˌən-prə-ˈtek-təd How to pronounce unprotected (audio)
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 the spread of a sexually transmitted disease
unprotected sex

Medical Definition

unprotected

adjective
un·​pro·​tect·​ed -prə-ˈtek-təd How to pronounce unprotected (audio)
: not protected
especially : performed without measures to prevent pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease
unprotected sexual intercourse

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