AskDefine | Define protection

Dictionary Definition



1 the activity of protecting someone or something; "the witnesses demanded police protection"
2 a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury; "they had no protection from the fallout"; "wax provided protection for the floors" [syn: protective covering, protective cover]
3 defense against financial failure; financial independence; "his pension gave him security in his old age"; "insurance provided protection against loss of wages due to illness" [syn: security]
4 the condition of being protected; "they were huddled together for protection"; "he enjoyed a sense of peace and protection in his new home" [syn: shelter]
5 kindly endorsement and guidance; "the tournament was held under the auspices of the city council" [syn: auspices, aegis]
6 the imposition of duties or quotas on imports in order to protect domestic industry against foreign competition; "he made trade protection a plank in the party platform" [syn: trade protection]
7 payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence; "every store in the neighborhood had to pay him protection" [syn: tribute]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /pɹəˈtɛkʃən/, /pr`@"tEkS@n/


  1. The process of keeping (something or someone) safe.
  2. An instance of a security token associated with a resource (such as a file.)

Related terms


process of keeping safe



  • IPA: /pʁɔ.tɛk.sjɔ̃/
  • SAMPA: /pRO.tEk.sjO~/


  1. protection

Extensive Definition

The word protection refers to anything that helps ward off some threat; the preservation from injury or harm; money paid for a guarantee against threatened violence.
Protection may also refer to:
protection in German: Schutz
protection in Spanish: Protección
protection in French: Protection (homonymie)
protection in Japanese: 保護
protection in Polish: Protection (ujednoznacznienie)
protection in Simple English: Protection
protection in Swedish: Beskydd
protection in Russian: защита

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aegis, aid, armament, armor, arrest, arrestation, assistance, assurance, autarky, avoidance reaction, barrier, benefit, bill of health, bimetallism, blackmail, boodle, bribe, bribe money, buffer, bulwark, care, charge, check, clear sailing, clearance, comfort, conservancy, conservation, conservationism, constraint, control, cooling, cooling down, cooling off, curb, curtailment, custodianship, custody, deceleration, defence, defense, defense in depth, defense mechanism, defenses, deterrent capacity, ease, economic self-sufficiency, ego defenses, environmental conservation, escape mechanism, extortion, forearming, forehandedness, foresight, foresightedness, forest conservation, forest management, forethought, forethoughtfulness, free enterprise, free trade, full pratique, good offices, governmentalism, graft, gratification, gratuity, guard, guardianship, guarding, harmlessness, haven, help, hindrance, hold, hush money, immunity, inhibition, injunction, insurance, interdict, invulnerability, keep, keeping, laissez-faire, laissez-faireism, legal restraint, line, localism, maintenance, managed currency, measures, ministration, ministry, monopoly, negative taxis, noninterference, nonintervention, nullification, office, offices, pad, party line, party principle, pass, passport, patronage, payoff, payola, planned economy, policy, polity, position, pratique, precaution, precautions, precautiousness, preserval, preservation, preventive custody, preventive measure, price supports, prohibition, protectionism, protective custody, protective tariff, providence, provision, psychological defenses, public policy, pump-priming, rationing, refuge, rein, relief, remedy, rescue, resistance, restraint, restraint of trade, retardation, retrenchment, risklessness, safe-conduct, safeguard, safekeeping, safeness, safety, salvage, salvation, sanctuary, saving, screen, sectionalism, security, self-control, self-defense, self-preservation, self-protection, service, shakedown, shelter, shield, slowing down, soil conservation, sop, sponsorship, squeeze, steps, steps and measures, stream conservation, succor, support, surety, tariff wall, the defensive, therapy, thought control, upkeep, visa, ward, water conservation, wetlands conservation, wildlife conservation
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