• IPA: /pɹəˈtɛkʃən/


  1. The process of keeping (something or someone) safe.
    Raincoats give protection from rain.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175 ↗:
      But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ¶ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window […].
  2. The state of being safe.
  3. A means of keeping or remaining safe.
  4. A means, such as a condom, of preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease.
  5. (insurance) Coverage.
  6. Immunity from harm, obtained by illegal payments, as bribery or extortion.
  7. (obsolete) A document serving as a guarantee against harm or interference; a passport.
  8. (economics) Restrictions on foreign competitors which limit their ability to compete with domestic producers of goods or services.
  9. (computing) An instance of a security token associated with a resource (such as a file).
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