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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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protectoratepro‧tec‧tor‧ate /prəˈtektərət/ noun [countable]  PGa country that is protected and controlled by a more powerful country
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protectorateThis makes it unlikely that Edward had sought a protectorate.With the advent of independence in 1961, the cultural gap between colony and protectorate suddenly assumed new and larger political significance.Island authorities are keen to take advantage of their position as a self-governing Crown protectorate to attract offshore investment funds.By 1090 Rodrigo had succeeded in establishing a huge protectorate in the east which he found increasingly hard to maintain.The results had been amazing; the protectorate had prospered.The abnormality of these grants in the context of the protectorate is not, however, only a matter of scale.The colony plus the protectorate thus came to constitute what is now Sierra Leone.
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