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 Millions of Texans will remain unprotected from surprise medical bills despite state lawmakers this year passing one of the nation's most aggressive pieces of legislation to curb such bills. Dallas News, "Texas legislature's fix to surprise health care bills still leaves millions vulnerable," 19 Aug. 2019 Most guests just stood unprotected in the intermittent rain, huddled closely together. Lois Smith Brady, New York Times, "A Ghost Town Wedding With 47 Guests, and Maybe a Few Others," 5 July 2019 So when Seattle left the goalie unprotected in last winter's expansion draft, LAFC took Miller with its first pick. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Atuesta, Kaye each score 1st MLS goal, LAFC tops Minnesota," 10 May 2018 Left unprotected, residents in these rural areas that make up 40 percent of the county (from Palomar Mountain in the north to Campo and Jamul in the south) created 30 volunteer fire departments. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Supporting local fire and emergency services to make San Diego safer," 14 Sep. 2019 As a result, Segev asserts, Jewish settlers were left unprotected during the Arab riots of 1929, and as late as 1947, on the cusp of Israel’s War of Independence, battalions were unready for battle. Diane Cole, Washington Post, "In Israel’s founder, many contradictions but a single-minded determination," 6 Sep. 2019 Hundreds of millions of Facebook users’ phone numbers were found in an unprotected online database, accessible to anyone who knew where to look. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Consumers would be more forgiving of data breaches if companies just came clean," 9 Sep. 2019 On Wednesday, almost 18 months after Facebook shut down the feature, TechCrunch reported that a security researcher had found the records of more than 400 million Facebook accounts, including phone numbers, resting in an unprotected database online. Donie O'sullivan, CNN, "Hundreds of millions of phone numbers once tied to Facebook accounts posted online," 4 Sep. 2019 While the Skin Cancer Foundation still discourages people from exposing their unprotected skin outdoors, Weller believes that, for many people, the health benefits of the sun may outweigh the cancer risks. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "25 People Changing the Beauty Industry," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of unprotected

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Oct 2019

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The first known use of unprotected was in 1597

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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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