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adequate protection n: such action as is judicially determined to protect a secured creditor's interest in property that is part of a bankrupt estate NOTE: The U.S. Bankruptcy Code offers a list of examples of actions that are predetermined to provide adequate protection. When a court finds that a secured creditor is not adequately protected, the creditor may obtain relief from the automatic stay from creditors' collection attempts that is effected by the debtor's filing for bankruptcy.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.