protectorate (pr[schwa]-tek-t[schwa]-r[schwa]t).

1. Int’l law. The relationship between a weaker nation and a stronger one when the weaker nation has transferred the management of its more important international affairs to the stronger nation.

2. Int’l law. The weaker or dependent nation within such a relationship.

3. (usu. cap.) The period in British history ¡ª from 1653 to 1659 ¡ª during which Oliver Cromwell and Richard Cromwell governed.

4. The British government in the period from 1653 to 1659.

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