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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)



protection (countable and uncountable, plural protections)

  1. The process of keeping (something or someone) safe.
    Raincoats give protection from rain.
    • 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
      But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ¶ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window [].
  2. The state of being safe.
  3. A means of keeping or remaining safe.
  4. A means, such as a condom, of preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease.
  5. (insurance) Coverage.
  6. Immunity from harm obtained by illegal payments, as bribery or extortion.
  7. (economics) Restrictions on foreign competitors which limit their ability to compete with domestic producers of goods or services.
  8. (computing) An instance of a security token associated with a resource (such as a file).

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protection f (plural protections)

  1. protection

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