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Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: noun

The protection and partial control of a weak nation by a stronger.

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Usage examples "protectorate":

  1. Russia also has a large number of Russian Christians in Turkey over whom she wants a protectorate, but these two influences would be thorns in the side of Turkey. - "An Orkney Maid", Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr.
  2. It probably slept; for who would have stirred it through the Protectorate? - "Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)", Isaac Disraeli.
  3. This point was important, because, ever since the Lansing- Ishii agreement, the Japanese have tried to get the Powers to recognize, in practice if not in theory, an informal Japanese Protectorate over China, as a first step towards which it was necessary to establish the principle that the Japanese should not be interfered with in their diplomatic dealings with China. - "The Problem of China", Bertrand Russell.