Protection meaning

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Protection is a person or thing that shields from danger, pain or discomfort, or money paid to avoid violence or prosecution.

An example of protection is an umbrella to stand under during a rainstorm.

An example of protection is money paid by a shopowner to the mob to avoid violence.

An example of protection is a bribe paid to a government official to avoid being fined for doing something wrong.

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The process of keeping (something or someone) safe.

Raincoats give protection from rain.

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A device, as a condom, used to prevent conception or the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
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(computing) An instance of a security token associated with a resource (such as a file.)
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(econ.) The system of protecting domestic products as by taxing imported goods.
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The state of being safe.
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One that protects.

Wore gloves as a protection against cold; saw darkness as their protection in trying to escape.

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A pass guaranteeing safe-conduct to travelers.
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Something that lowers the risk of pregnancy or infection, especially the use of a condom.
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A means of keeping or remaining safe.
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A means, such as a condom, of preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease.
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(insurance) Coverage.
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Immunity from harm obtained by illegal payments, as bribery or extortion.
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(economics) Restrictions on foreign competitors which limit their ability to compete with domestic producers of goods or services.
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A person or thing that protects.
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A safe-conduct pass or passport.
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Origin of protection

  • Middle English, from Old French, from stem of Latin protectio (“a covering over"), from protectus, past participle of protegere (“to protect, to cover in front")

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