- a formal notarial certificate attesting the fact that a check, note, or bill of exchange has been presented for acceptance or payment and that it has been refused.
- the action taken to fix the liability for a dishonored bill of exchange or note.
- (upon one's payment of a tax or other state or city exaction) a formal statement disputing the legality of the demand.
- a written and attested declaration made by the master of a ship stating the circumstances under which some damage has happened to the ship or cargo, or other circumstances involving the liability of the officers, crew, etc.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- protest flag,
- protest vote,
- protestant episcopal church,
- protestant episcopal church in the united states
Origin of protest
Examples from the Web for protest
Police, their representatives and supporters tell us, ensure our freedom of speech through our ability to protest.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Moscow protest was not sanctioned, which meant every participant risked arrest.
For now, Sabrine continues her daily routine of visits to the protest camp, to political leaders and taking care of the twins.
His hunger strike in December 2011 received nation-wide recognition and was one of the sparks that ignited the protest movement.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This Oath Keeper was there for the protest, which had yet to materialize, and had a few friends joining him, he told me.
He knew that Kenton had weighed all the chances, and the time for protest had passed.The Phantom of the River|Edward S. Ellis
A protest made by the latter led to a war between the two states in which Athens was worsted.Authors of Greece|T. W. Lumb
Presently some sentiment is expressed which you do not approve, and you put forth an impulse of will-power in protest.Beyond|Henry Seward Hubbard
Bismarck corrected with a heavy hand so as to crush completely the last attempts at protest—if such ever really existed.The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse|Vicente Blasco Ibanez
It is a protest of the "Planetesimalists" against the older, and still general, view of the origin of the earth.The Story of Evolution|Joseph McCabe
- public, often organized, dissent or manifestation of such dissent
- (as modifier)a protest march
- a formal notarial statement drawn up on behalf of a creditor and declaring that the debtor has dishonoured a bill of exchange or promissory note
- the action of drawing up such a statement
- a formal declaration by a taxpayer disputing the legality or accuracy of his assessment
Word Origin for protest
c.1400, "avowal, pledge, solemn declaration," from Old French protest (Modern French prôtet), from preotester, and directly from Latin protestari "declare publicly, testify, protest," from pro- "forth, before" (see pro-) + testari "testify," from testis "witness" (see testament).
Meaning "statement of disapproval" first recorded 1751; adjectival sense of "expressing of dissent from, or rejection of, prevailing mores" is from 1953, in reference to U.S. civil rights movement. First record of protest march is from 1959.
mid-15c., "to declare or state formally or solemnly," from Old French protester, from Latin protestari "declare publicly, testify, protest" (see protest (n.)). Original sense preserved in to protest one's innocence. Related: Protested; protesting.