• The process of keeping (something or someone) safe.
  • The state of being safe.
  • A means of keeping or remaining safe.
  • A means, such as a condom, of preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease.
  • Coverage.
  • Immunity from harm, obtained by illegal payments, as bribery or extortion.
  • A document serving as a guarantee against harm or interference; a passport.
  • Restrictions on foreign competitors which limit their ability to compete with domestic producers of goods or services.
  • An instance of a security token associated with a resource (such as a file).


  • From Middle English, from Old French, from stem of Late Latin prōtectiō, from Latin prōtēctus, perfect passive participle of protego.

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