Nearby words

  1. protected sex,
  2. protectee,
  3. protecter,
  4. protecting,
  5. protectingly,
  6. protection ratio,
  7. protection test,
  8. protectionism,
  9. protectionist,
  10. protective

Origin of protection

1275–1325; Middle English proteccio(u)n < Late Latin prōtēctiōn- (stem of prōtēctiō) a covering in front. See protect, -ion

SYNONYMS FOR protection
Related formspro·tec·tion·al, adjectivenon·pro·tec·tion, nouno·ver·pro·tec·tion, noun

Synonym study

2. See cover. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for overprotection



the act of protecting or the condition of being protected
something that protects
  1. the imposition of duties or quotas on imports, designed for the protection of domestic industries against overseas competition, expansion of domestic employment, etc
  2. Also called: protectionismthe 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
  1. Also called: protection moneymoney demanded by gangsters for freedom from molestation
  2. freedom from molestation purchased in this way
Derived Formsprotectionism, nounprotectionist, noun, adjective

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Word Origin and History for overprotection
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