- to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult, etc.; cover or shield from injury or danger.
- Economics. to guard (the industry or an industry of a nation) from foreign competition by imposing import duties.
- to provide funds for the payment of (a draft, note, etc.).
- to provide, or be capable of providing, protection: a floor wax that protects as well as shines.
Origin of protect
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Related Wordsexposed, unsafe, unarmed, endangered, unguarded, helpless, powerless, vulnerable, caught, indefensible, naked, open, weak, pregnable
Examples from the Web for unprotected
Why “sex with men” instead of “unprotected sex” or “sex with a stranger” or “sex with multiple partners”?
The monogamous or safe-only gay man is a far safer bet than the unprotected hetero swinger.
The two had unprotected sex on multiple occasions, according to the woman.Commando Colonel Accused of Exposing his Lover to HIV
November 19, 2014
We were exposing the people of Bettiah to the unprotected dimensions of their cramped lives.The Real India Revealed
August 6, 2014
An unprotected person standing close to the contaminated areas would receive a lethal radiation dose within hours.The Fukushima Generation: New Data on Birth Defects in Post-Meltdown Japan
Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky, Jake Adelstein
September 26, 2013
Did Phidias express no anxiety concerning your unprotected situation?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
You must always be a true knight for the persecuted and unprotected.Rico and Wiseli
I ventured the unprotected name, and she took no notice of the liberty.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Expose thy naked and unprotected head to glut his vengeance.Imogen
So helpless, so unprotected; so absolutely at his mercy because she loved the children.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
- not protected or safe from trouble, harm, etcan unprotected position
- to defend from trouble, harm, attack, etc
- economics to assist (domestic industries) by the imposition of protective tariffs on imports
- commerce to provide funds in advance to guarantee payment of (a note, draft, etc)
Word Origin and History for unprotected
mid-15c., from Latin protectus, past participle of protegere "to protect, cover in front" (see protection). International economics sense from 1789. Related: Protected; protecting.