Simple Definition of protectorate
: a small country that is controlled and protected by a larger one
Full Definition of protectorate
1 a : government by a protector b capitalized : the government of England (1653–59) under the Cromwells c : the rank, office, or period of rule of a protector
2 a : the relationship of superior authority assumed by one power or state over a dependent one b : the dependent political unit or territory in such a relationship
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