Definition of unprotected in US English:

unprotected

adjective

  • 1Not protected or kept safe from harm or injury.

    ‘a high, unprotected plateau’
    ‘health care workers remained unprotected against hepatitis B infection’
    • ‘Many were built in an era when mindless damage was not a problem, and are therefore unprotected against it.’
    • ‘Don't take it for granted that an overcast day is safe for your skin; UV light can penetrate clouds and harm unprotected skin.’
    • ‘The same fears that the combined MMR jab could be linked to autism led to many children remaining unprotected against deadly diseases.’
    • ‘It is thought that individuals taking this vaccine might increase their high-risk activities and be unprotected against HIV.’
    • ‘It had begun to rain again as the two stood, unprotected against the beatings of weather; the rain drenched their clothes as the wind howled about them.’
    • ‘It won't now have a roof, leaving swimmers and spectators unprotected against the weather.’
    • ‘Sent forth to ferret out the shadowy terrorists, U.S. troops would go woefully unprotected against biological weapons.’
    • ‘The scare came amid claims the two clinics had followed faulty immunisation procedures which could leave children unprotected against the diseases.’
    • ‘The extension of the arms often leaves the face and head unprotected against secondary strikes.’
    • ‘After reading that, I feel they are deliberately undermining and allowing our soldiers to be relatively unprotected and directly in harm's way.’
    • ‘Plants within four protected and four unprotected populations were significantly clumped based on Ripley's univariate analysis.’
    • ‘It would have been reckless to leave itself and its potential client COO unprotected against this kind of motion.’
    • ‘Nearly half the homes here have been levelled leaving survivors unprotected against the soaring heat of the day and near-freezing mountain temperatures at night.’
    • ‘Necessarily, it would sometimes leave persons unprotected whose injuries arose out of the use of a motor vehicle who would have been protected by the Act in its earlier form.’
    • ‘Because most of the U.S. population is considered unprotected against the disease, there is debate over whether smallpox vaccination should resume.’
    • ‘The elves were unarmed and unprotected against the men, who appeared to bear the battle marks that the men of Orslic had worn during the War of Boundaries.’
    • ‘Little Rachel Hamatundu was raped and slaughtered by monsters - a little girl, unprotected and helpless.’
    • ‘Anger is her only emotional resource in conflict and it leaves her totally unprotected against other people and herself most of all.’
    • ‘Your home is currently unprotected against fire, flood, storm or theft by MBNA Home Insurance.’
    • ‘While they are known for moisturizing dry skin and fighting wrinkles, AHAs can remove your skin's natural oils, leaving it unprotected against the sun and wind.’
    in danger, in peril, in jeopardy, at risk, endangered, unsafe, ill-protected, unguarded
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    1. 1.1 (of a dangerous machine or mechanism) not fitted with safety guards.
      • ‘Thieves can easily escape with their costly alloy wheels and premium radial tyres, which are unprotected.’
      • ‘His car hit a barrier unprotected by a tyre wall and the car was damaged badly enough to be returned to the team's headquarters at Brackley for repair.’
      • ‘Poor internal wiring, unprotected electrical connections between the parts may lead to electrocution if the toasters is opened for repairs while the current is on.’
      • ‘Rounding the notorious San Juan section, where the rough surface was still wet from a nearby waterfall, he saw fresh tyre tracks that veered abruptly off the unprotected edge.’
      • ‘Outside, there are queries over a hoist with unprotected moving parts and no fencing, not to mention four sharp steel posts erected at the bottom of another stairwell.’
      • ‘People working in heavy industry are also exposed to risk from chemicals and unprotected machinery.’
      • ‘A Belgian consumer organisation which last week claimed that three Nokia batteries were unprotected against short-circuiting is to re-examine its findings.’
      • ‘Huge amounts of charged matter swarming over our planet can damage delicate satellite electronics and overload unprotected power grids.’
    2. 1.2 (of sex) engaged in without a condom.
      • ‘Jones explained that previous studies had shown that moderate intakes of alcohol increased the risk of unprotected sex, a risk which is also linked to the attractiveness of a partner.’
      • ‘Add to that the super-high risk of unprotected sex, brain damage and drunk driving, and you wonder: Why are girls doing this?’
      • ‘Two other 14-year-old girls were collected from school and taken to a to Stirk House Hotel, Gisburn, where Monaghan had protected and unprotected sex with one of them.’
      • ‘Dr. Kuna and colleagues report an uncommon cause of asthma exacerbations after unprotected coitus in a 48-year-old male.’
      • ‘This was followed by assessment of intentions, thoughts, and attitudes about engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse with the woman in the film.’
      • ‘Experience from the contraceptive service of young women having unprotected sexual intercourse indicated that many clients with Chlamydia would not have had the condition diagnosed or treated.’
      • ‘Patients should be informed that ECPs do not protect from pregnancy if unprotected intercourse occurs during the days or weeks following treatment.’
      • ‘The most obvious measure of sexual risk taking - frequency of unprotected sexual intercourse - correlated with SIS2.’
      • ‘Public health experts fear a national increase in the incidence of these diseases suggests that Scots are putting themselves at risk through unprotected sex.’
      • ‘On January 21 Monaghan collected them from school and took them to Stirk House Hotel, Gisburn, where he smeared fruit and cream on them and had protected and unprotected sex with one of the girls.’
      • ‘You can get pregnant if you have unprotected sex.’
      • ‘It reduces the risk of pregnancy after unprotected intercourse by 85%.’
      • ‘Dr O'Flanaghan said young people appeared to be unaware that they were putting their health at risk by having unprotected sex.’
      • ‘Since the mid-sixties, doctors have been using high doses of hormones to prevent women from getting pregnant after unprotected sex.’
      • ‘That's because people think that if there are no festering blisters on their genitals they're safe and have unprotected sex.’
      • ‘The 63 women all used the Persona device, which analyses a woman's hormones to calculate when it is safe to have unprotected sex.’
      • ‘Finally, engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse puts women at risk not only for STDs including HIV but also for unintended pregnancy.’
      • ‘The HIV risk is greater from unprotected receptive anal sex.’
      • ‘That's not to say that it's entirely safe; unprotected sex is involved, after all.’
      • ‘Eighty-nine per cent of respondents support television campaigns and publicity to promote safer sex and highlight the inherent risks of unprotected sex.’
      barren, bleak, exposed, desolate, stark, arid, desert, denuded, lunar
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    3. 1.3Computing (of data or a memory location) able to be accessed or used without restriction.
      • ‘At some point, while poking around on that server, he found an unprotected file containing encrypted passwords.’
      • ‘Those tracks are unprotected in order to allow the CD to be played on video game systems and DVD players.’
      • ‘The effect on unprotected sites can be devastating.’
      • ‘Even putting up an unencrypted, unprotected wireless access point might conceivably get you in trouble.’
      • ‘A program that scans Internet addresses for unprotected disk drives might be viewed as a hacking tool.’

Pronunciation

unprotected

/ˌənprəˈtɛktəd//ˌənprəˈtektəd/