Protectorate - definition

'Protectorate'; government by protector; the relation of a strong state to a weaker state under its control and protection, a state or territory so controlled and protected ... from "'protect"; [L. protectus, protogere, to protect: pro, before, and tegere, cover] to cover or shield from danger or injury, to defend, to guard, to preserve in safety; provide shelter from evil and loss, injury or annoyance; money extorted by racketeers as insurance against threatened violence."

 

[Source: Webster's Twentieth Century Dictionary]