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protectorate

noun pro·tec·tor·ate \-ˈtek-t(ə-)rət\

: 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

First Known Use of PROTECTORATE

1692

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