a. A relationship of protection and partial control assumed by a superior power over a dependent country or region.
b. The protected country or region.
a. The government, office, or term of a protector.
b. The government of England under Oliver Cromwell and his son Richard, ruling as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth.
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