- 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.
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What does protest mean?
Protest most commonly means a public show of disapproval of or opposition to something.
Protests are often held against things like a nation’s involvement in a war or specific government policies or forms of injustice.
A close synonym is demonstration. Such protests are often held in public spaces by people who want to display their disapproval openly in order to bring awareness to their cause and put pressure on authorities to make changes.
A person who participates in a protest can be called a protester or a protestor. (The -er spelling is much more common, but the -or spelling has increased in usage.)
Protest is often used as a verb meaning to participate in a protest. It can also be used as a verb in a more general way meaning to show disapproval or disagreement, as in My kids always protest when I try to serve them vegetables, but they end up eating them.
Sometimes, protest might refer to an official complaint or objection, as in They lodged an official protest. This sense can also be used as a verb, as in The team protested their loss with the league, claiming unfair treatment by referees.
To resign in protest means to quit in a way that’s meant to show disagreement or disapproval of something that’s happened. To do something under protest means to do it unwillingly or with strong objections.
Example: The colonists protested the increased taxes by refusing to pay them.
Where does protest come from?
The first records of protest come from the 1300s. It derives from the Latin prōtestārī, meaning “to declare publicly,” from the root testārī, meaning “to testify.” The pro- in protest doesn’t mean “in favor of” or “supporting” as it does in some other terms—instead it’s used to indicate a sense of outwardness.
To protest is to speak out against something. It’s almost always used in a way that indicates a stance against something considered negative—something that the protesters want to see change. Perhaps the most recognizable form of protest is when a large group of people assembles in the streets to march, chant, and carry signs with messages about their cause. But protesting can take many forms. Sometimes, a protest can be a refusal to do something. Rosa Parks protested racist treatment by refusing to move when a white man tried to take her seat on the bus. Her protest is often considered one of the events that launched the civil rights movement in the U.S., which included protests against systemic racism in the form of marches, rallies, sit-ins, and boycotts.
Some protests are massive demonstrations, like those in which citizens rallied against their authoritarian governments during the Arab Spring in 2010 and 2011. Others are much smaller and much more narrow in scope. A handful of people might protest outside of their local government building. Protests don’t always have to take place in public, but that’s often the most effective way for people to have their voices heard.
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- protester (noun)
- protestor (noun)
- protestingly (adverb)
- protestable (adjective)
- protestive (adjective)
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There are many forms of protest and people protest against many different things. The word is most commonly used to refer to a public display of disapproval.
Washington DC! NYC! Philly! Houston! Seattle! London! Amsterdam! Paris! Massive protests all across America and around the world!!! For the first time, IN A LONG TIME, I actually believe there really are more of this than there are of them. #BlackLivesMattter pic.twitter.com/jG4CLp2JHF
— Kenny BooYah! (@KwikWarren) June 7, 2020
A year ago today: More than a million people had jammed Hong Kong’s streets to protest the now-withdrawn extradition bill in the biggest demonstration in years. Many said they feared it put the city’s vaunted legal independence at risk. https://t.co/485gQDxmww #HongKongProtests pic.twitter.com/YQAQA7C49o
— Jessie Pang (@JessiePang0125) June 8, 2020
“I’m deeply ashamed”: Another Facebook employee resigned in protest over the company’s handling of Trump’s posts https://t.co/4hbKMeVhkk
— Carla Gentry (@data_nerd) June 5, 2020
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Is protest used correctly in the following sentence?
Citizens held a protest outside the mayor’s office to congratulate him on a job well done.
Example sentences from the Web for protest
It was founded recently — July 2019 — with the goal of quickly getting money to groups engaged in climate protest.Want to fight climate change effectively? Here’s where to donate your money.|Sigal Samuel|September 17, 2020|Vox
In a sense, buying ads in Apple Daily is Hong Kongers’ latest form of protest.In Hong Kong, people are buying newspapers to look at the ads|Mary Hui|September 8, 2020|Quartz
However, as the protests have worn on, certain social justice theories have been stretched in potentially troubling ways.
Students and activists in Korea staged a protest in late July calling for a boycott in support of protesters in Hong Kong.Mulan’s Disney+ release is reigniting a boycott movement|Naomi Xu Elegant|September 4, 2020|Fortune
It isn’t just racial justice protests that benefit from the outrage caused by video.How an overload of riot porn is driving conflict in the streets|Bobbie Johnson|September 3, 2020|MIT Technology Review
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
Yet even after the funeral protest, de Blasio was booed and heckled while addressing a new class of recruits as well.
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
The lovers got up, with only a silent protest, and walked slowly away somewhere else.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Of course I had to satisfy the ruffian's insolent demands, but I did so under protest.
The weapons, the most unusual weapons, we are reluctantly compelled to accept under protest.
Old Mr. Holmes started to protest, but Aaron Kallaberger quieted him with an offering of tobacco.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
But you may cynically remind me that nothing will come of the Determinists' protest against the evil social conditions.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
British Dictionary definitions for protest
- 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