- 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 protectionMore example sentences
defense, security, shielding, preservation, conservation, safekeeping, safeguarding, safety, sanctuary, shelter, refuge, lee, immunity, insurance, indemnitysafekeeping, care, charge, keeping, protectorship, guidance, aegis, auspices, umbrella, guardianship, support, patronage, championship, providence
- In one incident, he hacked away at the forelocks of horses - leaving them without protection against eye infections.
- The condom offers protection against infections, as well as serious sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV.
- Yes, private residences don't offer adequate protection against nuclear fallout.
- 1.1A 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 eyeMore example sentences
- With respect to the abduction of the Egyptian ambassador, it was quite odd to see the ambassador leaving his house with no protection.
- 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.
- Shelter is protection from the elements, something between me and where I am.
- 1.2 (usually protections) A legal or other formal measure intended to preserve civil liberties and rights.More example sentences
- Roommates, siblings, and other human arrangements would benefit from such legal protections as a civil union.
- It brings a lot of the workers under legal protections of U.S. labor law, which should benefit them.
- A private school may not offer the legal protections given to public school students.
- 1.3A document guaranteeing immunity from harm to the person specified in it.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.4The practice of paying money to criminals so as to prevent them from attacking oneself or one’s property: [as modifier]: a protection racket protection moneyMore example sentences
- True, some of the gangs transferred to other criminal activities, like protection racketeering.
- As a nation of warrior nomads, they had either attacked or demanded protection money from any outsiders entering their kingdom.
- Joe eventually makes it to a level that attracts the big protection rackets, acquires money and eventually is pitted against a big name.
- 1.5Money paid to criminals to prevent them from attacking, especially on a regular basis.More example sentences
- People are forced to pay protection money and business owners often pay several groups who impose taxes on them.
- 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.
Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin protectio(n-), from protegere 'cover in front' (see protect).