Definition of protection in US English:

protection

noun

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

    ‘the B vitamins give protection against infection’
    ‘his son was put under police protection’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These three laws form a perfect circle of logic and protection for humans.’
    • ‘‘The relocation of six houses to ensure its protection and preservation is a very small price to pay,’ she added.’
    • ‘The protection these shelters gave to the soldiers is clear to see.’
    • ‘By 1937 police were to discourage applications to possess firearms for house or personal protection.’
    • ‘He'd been so kind, offering shelter and protection and a friendship that she wanted very, very badly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In one incident, he hacked away at the forelocks of horses - leaving them without protection against eye infections.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Without termite protection, a house in the southeast is likely to get hit sometime.’
    • ‘It provides healthy fats that offer multiple health benefits, like heart and cancer protection.’
    • ‘You may be able to avoid prevailing winds by locating your deck where the house will provide some protection.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The forest trees afford them protection and shelter.’
    • ‘It's best to plant them on the south side of the house to provide winter protection.’
    • ‘Some mentioned protection from heart trouble or stroke.’
    • ‘We agreed and, to this day, those items are safely kept in that bomb shelter under the watchful protection of that community watch.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘The birds come here because food, shelter and protection are assured here.’
      • ‘Now they have no protection, and their houses are vulnerable to catching fire in the heat and high winds.’
      • ‘Shelter is protection from the elements, something between me and where I am.’
      • ‘The guns are very loud when they fire, so it's best to have some measure of protection against the noise.’
      • ‘With respect to the abduction of the Egyptian ambassador, it was quite odd to see the ambassador leaving his house with no protection.’
      • ‘The March 1 ritual is connected to the legends of the aura of amulets used as protection from evil eyes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This wide comfort zone allows cattle to thrive under diverse climatic conditions with little or no need for shelter or protection.’
      • ‘Ironically, even the most dangerous stinging jellies offer shelter and protection to small fish.’
      • ‘It uses its host as both shelter and protection from predators.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The gunmen then took control of the building and were last night using their hostages as human shields as protection against the police.’
      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 outlines legal protections for privacy and summarises important issues relating to surveillance.’
      • ‘They will have no right to a lawyer or other constitutionally guaranteed protections.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘State laws providing additional protections to consumers are not affected by this new rule.’
      • ‘They are no longer protected by even the most elementary legal protections.’
      • ‘A private school may not offer the legal protections given to public school students.’
      • ‘But women who have been trafficked are still not guaranteed any protections under law.’
      • ‘It is normal practise to suspend many legal protections during wartime.’
      • ‘There must be some advertence to the protections afforded by the Charter for trial within a reasonable time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It does give us certain legal rights, protections and responsibilities, and that seemed like the main reason to do it.’
      • ‘It raises questions about protections for the rights of individuals.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that the Parliament could so legislate, constitutional protections aside.’
      • ‘While the legal protections are mostly clear, some parts of internet libel law are still unsettled.’
      • ‘There will be additional protections for workers categorised as vulnerable under the Act.’
      • ‘It brings a lot of the workers under legal protections of U.S. labor law, which should benefit them.’
      • ‘Gay and lesbian couples are already raising children, and those children need legal and social protections.’
      • ‘These procedures sound gentle but they also have the virtue of being cheap and fast, since normal legal processes and protections can be skipped.’
    3. 1.3 A document guaranteeing immunity from harm to the person specified in it.
      • ‘As a corollary, all Charter protections that are relevant in the criminal context must apply.’
      • ‘The bill has included a protection for vulnerable workers when a business is sold or its work is passed to a new contractor.’
    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’
      • ‘As a nation of warrior nomads, they had either attacked or demanded protection money from any outsiders entering their kingdom.’
      • ‘Right-wing paramilitary death squads operate in the region, often demanding protection money from the banana producers.’
      • ‘Next, the Mafia came and asked for protection money.’
      • ‘The protection money and ransoms governments or insurgents extort from oil companies do not prolong the violence.’
      • ‘They said they wanted protection money from the vendors.’
      • ‘Rumors of brutality increased the cache of despots, augmenting their income through the collection of protection money and taxes.’
      • ‘Smuggling, bribery, protection rackets and the rise of criminal mafias are some of the common symptoms of rigidly controlled economies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The town made the news 10 years ago when a local hotelier made a stand against the mafia and refused to pay protection money.’
      • ‘He also claims that one businessman on the estate was approached by the gang for protection money.’
      • ‘Joe eventually makes it to a level that attracts the big protection rackets, acquires money and eventually is pitted against a big name.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What really bothers people is when they are required to pay protection money in an area.’
      • ‘His organisation is motivated by money - from protection rackets and drugs.’
      • ‘Minor missions in the game deal with incursions on their territory by rival gangs as well as exploring the twisted mentality of protection money.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Extortion, blackmail, protection money are part of the daily life of the slums.’
      • ‘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.’
    5. 1.5 Money paid to criminals to prevent them from attacking, especially on a regular basis.
      • ‘Taxes in turn became tribute, or protection money, paid to a local warlord to prevent lands from being pillaged.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the 1970s and 1980s, gang culture was endemic with virtually every small business forced to pay protection money or move out.’
    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

/prəˈtɛkʃ(ə)n//prəˈtekSH(ə)n/