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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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The term "humanization" was already marked by the bias of goodness, favor and protectorship.
The book examines the institutional and legal foundations of the Protectorship of Indians in the audience of Lima and provides an account of the background, legal culture, and work of the men who served as Protectors of Indians.
In addition to the treaty made at the end of Richards Protectorship (see n.
5) Seymour's power grew after Henry's death, but his circumstances changed drastically when he was arrested and sent to the Tower of London following suspicion about the nature of his relationship with Princess Elizabeth and his alleged plot to gain the Lord Protectorship for himself, usurping it from his brother, Edward.