[self-pruh-tek-shuh n, self-]


protection of oneself or itself.

Origin of self-protection

First recorded in 1855–60
Related formsself-pro·tect·ing, adjectiveself-pro·tec·tive, adjectiveself-pro·tec·tive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-protection

Contemporary Examples of self-protection

Historical Examples of self-protection

  • Usually one might count on the woman's silence, her instinct for self-protection.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • It is not good to kill in the jungle except for food or self-protection!

  • In self-protection we have found it necessary to unite, we Genoese and Texcocans.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • He told himself that he had fired too quickly, that he had fired in anger, not in self-protection.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • Man will create, and support, and preserve the State for his self-protection and for his own good.

British Dictionary definitions for self-protection



the act or an instance of protecting or defending oneself
Derived Formsself-protective, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-protection

1706, from self- + protection.

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