noun Date: 1692 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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