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[self-pruh-tek-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf prəˈtɛk ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
protection of oneself or itself.
Origin of self-protection
Related forms
self-protecting, adjective
self-protective, adjective
self-protectiveness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for self-protection
  • Many plants have adapted to fire as a means of self-protection.
  • And that kind of self-protection is encouraged in people so persistently that they don't realize that they're doing it.
  • But out of self-protection the elites must turn away from him now.
  • Gun manufacturers marketed pistols to the public for self-protection in a time of fear.
  • Over the years players hone their skills of self-protection.
  • Many internal members are likely to withhold their names for self-protection.
  • Another snag is the army's fixation with self-protection.
  • Seatbelts are about self-protection, and they are definitely nanny-state-ish.
  • self-protection and strategic alliances might be one answer.
  • self-protection skills that every firefighter needs.
British Dictionary definitions for self-protection


the act or an instance of protecting or defending oneself
Derived Forms
self-protective, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-protection

1706, from self- + protection.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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