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.
- pro·tec·tion·al, adjective
- non·pro·tec·tion, noun
- o·ver·pro·tec·tion, noun
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How to use protection in a sentence
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Coastal wetlands are essential for flood protection during big storms, says Siddharth Narayan.Soggy coastal soils? Here’s why ecologists love them | Alison Pearce Stevens | September 17, 2020 | Science News For Students
There’s another one, the monitors, how the data protection law is implemented.Podcast: COVID-19 is helping turn Brazil into a surveillance state | Anthony Green | September 16, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
It would have included a second round of Paycheck protection Program loans for small businesses, school funding, and virus-related liability protections for businesses.
The company also said it also has ranking protections in place to ensure that reports that claim early victory will not appear in the search results.How Google, Facebook, and Twitter plan to handle misinformation surrounding 2020 presidential election results | Danielle Abril | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
Satirists occupy a perilous position—to skewer dogma and cant, and to antagonize the establishment while needing its protection.
As for the federal authorities, they have made themselves available but the clergy have not requested special protection.
But the fact of the matter is the equal protection they cling to is not the reality.
The protection will last as long as Winston can still fling the ball 50 yards downfield to a streaking wide receiver.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star | Robert Silverman | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And the budget provides $697,000 to the “Horse protection Act of 1970.”
Were they to be driven out,—driven out this very day, when the Virgin had only just now seemed to promise her help and protection?Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
Otherwise the thin-walled houses would have been slight protection for the sleeping travellers.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
On the city side, narrow lanes, lofty houses and strongly-built palaces offered secure protection to the besiegers.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
His cousin amused, stimulated her beyond anything Tom could offer; she sought protection from him, leant upon him.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
There is no protection there for the ships against submarines except Enos harbour and Enos is only one fathom deep.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for protection
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 restrictions: Compare 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
- protectionism, noun
- protectionist, noun, adjective
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