n. /proh"test/; v. /preuh test", proh"test/, 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.2. Com.a. 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.b. the action taken to fix the liability for a dishonored bill of exchange or note.3. Law.a. (upon one's payment of a tax or other state or city exaction) a formal statement disputing the legality of the demand.b. 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.4. Sports. a formal objection or complaint made to an official.v.i.5. to give manifest expression to objection or disapproval; remonstrate.6. to make solemn or earnest declaration.v.t.7. to make a protest or remonstrance against; object to.8. to say in protest or remonstrance.9. to declare solemnly or earnestly; affirm; assert.10. to make a formal declaration of the nonacceptance or nonpayment of (a bill of exchange or note).11. Obs. to call to witness.[1350-1400; (n.) ME < MF (F protêt), deriv. of protester to protest < L protestari to declare publicly, equiv. to pro- PRO-1 + testari to testify, deriv. of testis a witness; (v.) late ME protesten < MF protester]Ant. 1. approval. 5. approve.
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