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un- +‎ protect


unprotect (third-person singular simple present unprotects, present participle unprotecting, simple past and past participle unprotected)

  1. (computing, transitive) To remove protection from.
    Nobody can edit the accounting spreadsheet until you unprotect it.
    • 2000, David Pogue, “Icon Management”, in Mac OS 9: The Missing Manual, Sebastopol, Calif.: Pogue Press/O’Reilly & Associates, Inc., published 2002, →ISBN, page 50:
      Caution: When you successfully open a protected file, you’ve just unprotected it. After working with that document and closing it again, you must re-protect it if you still consider it confidential.