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Meaning of protest

pro•test

Pronunciation: (n.prō'testv.pr&schwa&sylptest', prō'test), [key]
— n.
  1. an expression or declaration of objection, disapproval, or dissent, often in opposition to something a person is powerless to prevent or avoid: a protest against increased taxation.
    1. a formal notarial certificate attesting the fact that a check, note, or bill of exchange has been presented for acceptance or payment and that it has been refused.
    2. the action taken to fix the liability for a dishonored bill of exchange or note.
    1. (upon one's payment of a tax or other state or city exaction) a formal statement disputing the legality of the demand.
    2. a written and attested declaration made by the master of a ship stating the circumstances under which some damage has happened to the ship or cargo, or other circumstances involving the liability of the officers, crew, etc.
  2. a formal objection or complaint made to an official.
—v.i.
  1. to give manifest expression to objection or disapproval; remonstrate.
  2. to make solemn or earnest declaration.
—v.t.
  1. to make a protest or remonstrance against; object to.
  2. to say in protest or remonstrance.
  3. to declare solemnly or earnestly; affirm; assert.
  4. to make a formal declaration of the nonacceptance or nonpayment of (a bill of exchange or note).
  5. to call to witness.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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