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Definition rules; or the way something is typically done
The exact meaning of porous can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "diplomatic protocol" — standard procedures followed by diplomats
  • "The Kyoto protocol to reduce greenhouse gases" — a formal written agreement between countries
  • "computer communications protocol" — technical specifications that describe rules that enable computers to communicate
  • "research protocol" — rules or procedures followed during a research project such as a medical trial
  • "concussion protocol" — rules or procedures followed after an athlete has a concussion
  • "business protocol" — standard etiquette or conventions practiced in business
  • violated protocol by seeking sensitive information outside of diplomatic channels
  • The consent process differs from that of the original protocol.
  • violated protocol by shooting a fleeing suspect
  • safety protocols
  • academic protocol
  • We felt that this slight break in protocol was warranted but in no way prejudicial—in one way or another—to the application review.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • protocol = standard rules or procedures
  • The first few years were frustrating, as legislators and planners bickered over money and protocols.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • WITHIN THL stifling women's unit, Crystal "the mayor" made an effort to maintain a faint semblance of prison protocol.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • "I know this isn't standard protocol, but it's an emergency," I say.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • "All right. if that's protocol, I understand."
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Hospital protocol, Dr. Nawaz had informed me.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Protocol says that as a suitor you are supposed to ask Attolia to lead the first set with you.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • But the intern was clearly too upset to care about protocol.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Better a delay than a mistake in protocol.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • Forget protocol at a time like this.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • It seemed with so much protocol, I would never get to draw the brilliant and lush and wild world brimming over inside me.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • The other was more directed by protocol.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters
  • No regulation or protocol even suggests testing vaccines at such a high temperature.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • He broke all crime scene protocols by doing a quick search of the dead man and retrieving his cell phone and wallet, which he pocketed.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • You know the protocol; you know what to do.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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