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  1. pro·tec·tor·ate
    IPA[prəˈtekt(ə)rət]
  2. noun

    • 1. a state that is controlled and protected by another:

      Panama was juridically a protectorate of the United States the British Somaliland Protectorate
    • 2. the relationship between a protectorate and the one that controls it:

      a French protectorate had been established over Tunis
    • 3. the position or period of office of a Protector, especially that in England of Oliver and Richard Cromwell.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: protectorate, plural noun: protectorates

    • noun

      a state that is controlled and protected by another:

      the relationship between a protectorate and the state that controls it:

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