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[self-pruh-tek-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf prəˈtɛk ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
protection of oneself or itself.
Origin of self-protection
First recorded in 1855-60
Related forms
self-protecting, adjective
self-protective, adjective
self-protectiveness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for self-protection
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  • Usually one might count on the woman's silence, her instinct for self-protection.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • It is not good to kill in the jungle except for food or self-protection!

  • In self-protection we have found it necessary to unite, we Genoese and Texcocans.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • He told himself that he had fired too quickly, that he had fired in anger, not in self-protection.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • Man will create, and support, and preserve the State for his self-protection and for his own good.

    History of Education Levi Seeley
British Dictionary definitions for self-protection


the act or an instance of protecting or defending oneself
Derived Forms
self-protective, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-protection

1706, from self- + protection.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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