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protection

noun
     
Related topics: Insurance, Crime
pro‧tec‧tion S2 W2
1 [uncountable] when someone or something is protected
protection of
the protection of the environment
protection against/from
evidence that vitamin C gives protection against cancer
protection for
This law provides protection for threatened animals and plants.
for protection
The police were issued with body armour for extra protection.
2 [uncountable and countable] something that protects
as (a) protection (against something)
Magee pulled up his collar as protection against the breeze.
3 [uncountable]BFI the promise of payment from an insurance company if something bad happens [= coverage]
4 [uncountable] contraception:
Do you have any protection?
5 [uncountable]SCC when criminals threaten to damage your property or hurt you unless you pay them money:
protection money
a protection racket (=the illegal activity of demanding money for protection)

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