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also pro·tect·er  (prə-tĕk′tər)
1. One who protects; a guardian.
2. A device that protects; a guard.
3. Protector
a. A person who rules a kingdom during the minority of a sovereign.
b. The head of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1653 to 1659.

pro·tec′tor·al adj.
pro·tec′tor·ship′ n.


1. (Historical Terms) the rank of protector of a kingdom
2. (Historical Terms) a protectorate
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Noun1.protectorship - the position of protector
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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However, the deep politicization of the partisan lines and the phenomenon of political protectorship limited the influence of progress, reads the report of Nils Muiz nieks, as Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights.
La congregazione filippina di Como e la musica," Francesco Bustaffa recreates the Como oratory, which came under the protectorship of Cardinal Renedetto Odescalchi, the soon-to-be Pope Innocent XI.
So we find John Griffith composing a Song Made on the Ransacking the Country in the Time of Oliver Cromwell's Protectorship, while Huw Morys left his allegory behind to pass judgement on Cromwell and his fanatical "traitors" in impassioned poems which likened the Protector to King Herod.