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Dictionary definition for: Protection

1. (n) the activity of protecting someone or something; "the witnesses demanded police protection"

2. (n) a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury; "they had no protection from the fallout" "wax provided protection for the floors"

3. (n) 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"

4. (n) the condition of being protected; "they were huddled together for protection" "he enjoyed a sense of peace and protection in his new home"

5. (n) kindly endorsement and guidance; "the tournament was held under the auspices of the city council"

6. (n) 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"

7. (n) payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence; "every store in the neighborhood had to pay him protection"

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