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  1. pro·tec·tion
  2. noun

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

      the B vitamins give protection against infection his son was put under police protection
      Synonym : defense, 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
    • 2. a person or thing that prevents someone or something from suffering harm or injury:

      the castle was built as protection against the Saxons a protection against the evil eye
    • 3. a legal or other formal measure intended to preserve civil liberties and rights:

      most Western countries provide constitutional protections for the civil and political rights of their citizens
    • 4. a document guaranteeing immunity from harm to the person specified in it.

    • 5. the practice of paying money to criminals so as to prevent them from attacking oneself or one's property:

      a protection racket protection money
    • 6. money paid to criminals to prevent them from attacking, especially on a regular basis.

    • 7. 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
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: protection, plural noun: protections

    • noun

      the action of protecting, or the state of being protected:

      a person or thing that protects someone or something:

    • noun

      protection of oneself or itself.
    • noun

      protection of a metal structure from corrosion under water by making it act as an electrical cathode.
    • noun

      legal control over access to and use of data stored in computers:
    • noun

      protection of oneself or itself.
    • noun

      sanitary towels and tampons, considered collectively.
    • an English court with jurisdiction over the affairs of people who are mentally ill or disabled, created in 2005.
    • (in the UK) a charitable organization founded in 1889 for the conservation of wild birds.
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