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protectorate

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noun pro·tec·tor·ate \-ˈtek-t(ə-)rət\

Simple Definition of protectorate

  • : a small country that is controlled and protected by a larger one

Full Definition of protectorate

  1. 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. 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

1692

First Known Use of protectorate

1692



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