Definition of protection in English:

protection

noun

  • 1The action of protecting someone or something, or the state of being protected.

    ‘the B vitamins give protection against infection’
    ‘his son was put under police protection’
    • ‘By 1937 police were to discourage applications to possess firearms for house or personal protection.’
    • ‘Without termite protection, a house in the southeast is likely to get hit sometime.’
    • ‘Yes, private residences don't offer adequate protection against nuclear fallout.’
    • ‘The condom offers protection against infections, as well as serious sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV.’
    • ‘You may be able to avoid prevailing winds by locating your deck where the house will provide some protection.’
    • ‘It's best to plant them on the south side of the house to provide winter protection.’
    • ‘‘The relocation of six houses to ensure its protection and preservation is a very small price to pay,’ she added.’
    • ‘As an added bonus, this daily dose may provide heart disease protection.’
    • ‘The elves had long ago sworn protection of the royal house for future safety of its destined hero.’
    • ‘The protection these shelters gave to the soldiers is clear to see.’
    • ‘Family after family were thrown out on the roads for arrears of rent, a rent which in some cases had been trebled, with no provision for their protection or shelter.’
    • ‘Some mentioned protection from heart trouble or stroke.’
    • ‘In one incident, he hacked away at the forelocks of horses - leaving them without protection against eye infections.’
    • ‘This strategy not only emphasized the status of the paramount chief, but it also pushed the undefended villagers to the centre for protection in the event of an attack.’
    • ‘It provides healthy fats that offer multiple health benefits, like heart and cancer protection.’
    • ‘The forest trees afford them protection and shelter.’
    • ‘We agreed and, to this day, those items are safely kept in that bomb shelter under the watchful protection of that community watch.’
    • ‘It's difficult to ask the person who drives you places and makes phone calls for you to call or take you to a shelter for protection from them.’
    • ‘These three laws form a perfect circle of logic and protection for humans.’
    • ‘He'd been so kind, offering shelter and protection and a friendship that she wanted very, very badly.’
    defence, shielding, shelter, preservation, conservation, safe keeping, safeguarding, safety, security, sanctuary, refuge, lee, immunity, insurance, indemnity
    safe keeping, care, charge, keeping, protectorship, guidance, aegis, auspices, umbrella, guardianship, support, patronage, championship, providence
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    1. 1.1 A person or thing that prevents someone or something from suffering harm or injury.
      ‘the castle was built as protection against the Saxons’
      [in singular] ‘a protection against the evil eye’
      • ‘A hedgerow acts as a great foods reserve for insects and birds, protection for wildlife, shelter and feed for livestock and it can also act as a fine stock proof barrier.’
      • ‘Ironically, even the most dangerous stinging jellies offer shelter and protection to small fish.’
      • ‘The March 1 ritual is connected to the legends of the aura of amulets used as protection from evil eyes.’
      • ‘Shelter is protection from the elements, something between me and where I am.’
      • ‘The birds come here because food, shelter and protection are assured here.’
      • ‘With respect to the abduction of the Egyptian ambassador, it was quite odd to see the ambassador leaving his house with no protection.’
      • ‘The guns are very loud when they fire, so it's best to have some measure of protection against the noise.’
      • ‘This wide comfort zone allows cattle to thrive under diverse climatic conditions with little or no need for shelter or protection.’
      • ‘It uses its host as both shelter and protection from predators.’
      • ‘The gunmen then took control of the building and were last night using their hostages as human shields as protection against the police.’
      • ‘Now they have no protection, and their houses are vulnerable to catching fire in the heat and high winds.’
      • ‘The coin serves as a wish for wealth, and the blue wool or beads are additional protection from the evil eye.’
      • ‘Sage grouse depend on healthy sage grasslands, especially dense stands of brush, for shelter and protection.’
      barrier, buffer, shield, screen, hedge, cushion, preventive, preventative, armour, safeguard
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    2. 1.2usually protections A legal or other formal measure intended to preserve civil liberties and rights.
      • ‘Is minority self-government subject to constitutional protections of individual civil and political rights?’
      • ‘It is normal practise to suspend many legal protections during wartime.’
      • ‘It brings a lot of the workers under legal protections of U.S. labor law, which should benefit them.’
      • ‘They are no longer protected by even the most elementary legal protections.’
      • ‘It raises questions about protections for the rights of individuals.’
      • ‘The idea that the state has to prove the guilt of an accused person and that we are innocent until proved guilty is a protection for all of us.’
      • ‘They will have no right to a lawyer or other constitutionally guaranteed protections.’
      • ‘It does give us certain legal rights, protections and responsibilities, and that seemed like the main reason to do it.’
      • ‘State laws providing additional protections to consumers are not affected by this new rule.’
      • ‘Gay and lesbian couples are already raising children, and those children need legal and social protections.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that the Parliament could so legislate, constitutional protections aside.’
      • ‘Roommates, siblings, and other human arrangements would benefit from such legal protections as a civil union.’
      • ‘She also said the law does not violate constitutional free-speech protections.’
      • ‘There must be some advertence to the protections afforded by the Charter for trial within a reasonable time.’
      • ‘These procedures sound gentle but they also have the virtue of being cheap and fast, since normal legal processes and protections can be skipped.’
      • ‘But women who have been trafficked are still not guaranteed any protections under law.’
      • ‘There will be additional protections for workers categorised as vulnerable under the Act.’
      • ‘A private school may not offer the legal protections given to public school students.’
      • ‘It outlines legal protections for privacy and summarises important issues relating to surveillance.’
      • ‘While the legal protections are mostly clear, some parts of internet libel law are still unsettled.’
    3. 1.3 A document guaranteeing immunity from harm to the person specified in it.
      • ‘The bill has included a protection for vulnerable workers when a business is sold or its work is passed to a new contractor.’
      • ‘As a corollary, all Charter protections that are relevant in the criminal context must apply.’
    4. 1.4 The practice of paying money to criminals so as to prevent them from attacking oneself or one's property.
      [as modifier] ‘a protection racket’
      ‘protection money’
      • ‘Rumors of brutality increased the cache of despots, augmenting their income through the collection of protection money and taxes.’
      • ‘What really bothers people is when they are required to pay protection money in an area.’
      • ‘In one school in the South of London, for example, we knew of a group of students who acted like an organized ring and were demanding protection money from other students.’
      • ‘Next, the Mafia came and asked for protection money.’
      • ‘Minor missions in the game deal with incursions on their territory by rival gangs as well as exploring the twisted mentality of protection money.’
      • ‘His organisation is motivated by money - from protection rackets and drugs.’
      • ‘The protection money and ransoms governments or insurgents extort from oil companies do not prolong the violence.’
      • ‘The town made the news 10 years ago when a local hotelier made a stand against the mafia and refused to pay protection money.’
      • ‘Right-wing paramilitary death squads operate in the region, often demanding protection money from the banana producers.’
      • ‘Extortion, blackmail, protection money are part of the daily life of the slums.’
      • ‘Smuggling, bribery, protection rackets and the rise of criminal mafias are some of the common symptoms of rigidly controlled economies.’
      • ‘As a nation of warrior nomads, they had either attacked or demanded protection money from any outsiders entering their kingdom.’
      • ‘He also claims that one businessman on the estate was approached by the gang for protection money.’
      • ‘They said they wanted protection money from the vendors.’
      • ‘True, some of the gangs transferred to other criminal activities, like protection racketeering.’
      • ‘Large profits were made from booty and ransom, and by exacting protection money from the cities.’
      • ‘By paying protection money they are increasing the threat to other businesses.’
      • ‘The owner of the brothels subsequently alleged that the raids were mounted after he refused to pay protection money to the officers.’
      • ‘Joe eventually makes it to a level that attracts the big protection rackets, acquires money and eventually is pitted against a big name.’
      • ‘It is also interesting to note that these are reported offences and do not account for people who are being threatened on a daily basis by gangs who entice businesses for protection money.’
    5. 1.5 Money paid to criminals to prevent them from attacking, especially on a regular basis.
      • ‘People are forced to pay protection money and business owners often pay several groups who impose taxes on them.’
      • ‘I also know that some of these rogue elements gain businesses by threatening businessmen and demanding protection money.’
      • ‘Taxes in turn became tribute, or protection money, paid to a local warlord to prevent lands from being pillaged.’
      • ‘In the 1970s and 1980s, gang culture was endemic with virtually every small business forced to pay protection money or move out.’
      • ‘At the time, some members of his Four Seas Gang wanted to muscle in on a rival gang's turf and begin extorting protection money from small businesses.’
    6. 1.6archaic Used euphemistically to refer to the keeping of a mistress by her lover in a separate establishment.
      ‘she was living under his lordship's protection at Gloucester Gate’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin protectio(n-), from protegere cover in front (see protect).

Pronunciation

protection

/prəˈtekSH(ə)n/