Definition of self-protection in US English:



  • Protection of oneself or itself.

    • ‘If you wish to claim world leadership - which we do - you have to be willing to use your strength for something other than self-protection.’
    • ‘It is here that government is most likely to be acting on the basis of illegitimate considerations such as self-protection, or protection of powerful private groups.’
    • ‘Its message is not only protection of kin but self-protection.’
    • ‘In short, the male antelope underscores the importance of self-protection, and his spiky mane evokes defense of the sort a porcupine might offer.’
    • ‘The applicants have been turned down because the owners failed to provide sufficient motivation as to why they need a firearm for self-protection.’
    • ‘Over-preoccupation with self-protection will mean lower efficiency.’
    • ‘It could be his last and only means of self-protection.’
    • ‘I believe that we have an inner sense of self-protection and a fierce protectiveness for our children.’
    • ‘The people affected by Britain's ever-tighter gun controls are the citizenry, denied access to firearms for leisure or self-protection.’
    • ‘United Airlines also said it was starting a special training programme for flight attendants, aimed at both self-protection and assisting passengers.’
    • ‘Citizens still need take self-protection against SARS.’
    • ‘Obesity shows a desire for self-protection and a defence against anxiety and feelings of guilt.’
    • ‘This allows individuals to make informed choices to provide self-protection and resiliency in living their lives.’
    • ‘On the contrary, for the further development of charitable causes, both individuals and organizations need to strengthen self-protection.’
    • ‘As a measure of self-protection for itself and as a service to taxpayers, a system of clearer, more intelligent, relevant benchmarks should be implemented.’
    • ‘People have been looking after each other, locked in mutual embraces of self-interest and self-protection.’
    • ‘Still, I'll take libertarianism any way I can get it, and if it comes from people's desire for self-protection, that's not bad.’
    • ‘The second project will provide electronic warfare self-protection for a range of tactical ADF aircraft at a cost of over $250 million.’
    • ‘Industry sources also said part of the problem lies in the fact that local residents still lack knowledge in the insurance industry and, thus, are not able to do much in terms of self-protection.’
    • ‘The course also covers basic self-protection.’



/ˈˌself prəˈtekSHən/