[ pruh-tek-shuhn ]
/ prəˈtɛk ʃən /
the act of protecting or the state of being protected; preservation from injury or harm.
a thing, person, or group that protects: This vaccine is a protection against disease.
Insurance. coverage(def 1).
- money paid to racketeers for a guarantee against threatened violence.
- bribe money paid to the police, politicians, or other authorities for overlooking criminal activity.
a document that assures safety from harm, delay, or the like, for the person, persons, or property specified in it.
Archaic. a document given by the U.S. customs authorities to a sailor traveling abroad certifying that the holder is a citizen of the U.S.
Words nearby protection
Origin of protection
OTHER WORDS FROM protectionpro·tec·tion·al, adjectivenon·pro·tec·tion, nouno·ver·pro·tec·tion, noun
synonym study for protection
2. See cover.
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British Dictionary definitions for overprotection
/ (prəˈtɛkʃən) /
the act of protecting or the condition of being protected
something that protects
- the imposition of duties or quotas on imports, designed for the protection of domestic industries against overseas competition, expansion of domestic employment, etc
- Also called: protectionism the system, policy, or theory of such restrictionsCompare free trade
a document that grants protection or immunity from arrest or harassment to a person, esp a traveller
mountaineering security on a climb provided by running belays, etc
- Also called: protection money money demanded by gangsters for freedom from molestation
- freedom from molestation purchased in this way
Derived forms of protectionprotectionism, nounprotectionist, noun, adjective
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