protectory

noun

pro·​tec·​to·​ry prə-ˈtek-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce protectory (audio)
plural protectories
: an institution for the protection and care of usually homeless or delinquent children

Examples of protectory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So for him, it's been a great protectory. Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of protectory was in 1865

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“Protectory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protectory. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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