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[prot-uh-stey-shuh n, proh-tuh-, -te-] /ˌprɒt əˈsteɪ ʃən, ˌproʊ tə-, -tɛ-/
the act of protesting or affirming.
a solemn or earnest declaration or affirmation.
formal expression or declaration of objection, dissent, or disapproval; protest.
1300-50; Middle English protestacio(u)n < Late Latin prōtestātiōn- (stem of prōtestātiō) declaration. See protest, -ation
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nonprotestation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for protestations
  • And his stubbornness seems to have undone the peace talks, despite his protestations.
  • But his protestations of anger were still unwise, for a few reasons.
  • But-contrary to their protestations-that does not make it pointless.
  • Despite official protestations to the contrary, and despite regulatory changes recently implemented, some of them still do.
  • All protestations to the contrary, he is on top of everything, a posture that mutes the play's dark humor.
  • Until then, reporters had generally treated his protestations with skepticism.
  • But the soldiers' protestations of ignorance of the regs don't hold up under scrutiny.
  • We will feign ecstasy, and our loved ones will pretend to believe our protestations of pleasure.
  • Despite protestations from the industry, oil spills from offshore oil exploration and production happen all too often.
  • Despite her protestations of innocence, he fatally stabs her.
British Dictionary definitions for protestations


the act of protesting
something protested about
a strong declaration
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Word Origin and History for protestations



mid-14c., "affirmation;" late 14c., "avowal, declaration, assertion," from Old French protestacion "protest, protestation" (13c.) and directly from Latin protestationem (nominative protestatio) "a declaration, protestation," noun of action from past participle stem of protestari (see protest (n.)).

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