[ pruh-tek-shuhn ]
/ prəˈtɛk ʃən /


Origin of protection

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


pro·tec·tion·al, adjectivenon·pro·tec·tion, nouno·ver·pro·tec·tion, noun

synonym study for protection

2. See cover. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for protection

British Dictionary definitions for protection

/ (prəˈtɛkʃən) /


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: 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
  1. Also called: protection money money demanded by gangsters for freedom from molestation
  2. freedom from molestation purchased in this way

Derived forms of protection

protectionism, nounprotectionist, noun, adjective
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