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[pruh-tek-tuh-ree] /prəˈtɛk tə ri/
noun, plural protectories.
an institution for the care of destitute or delinquent children.
Origin of protectory
First recorded in 1650-60; protect + -ory2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • While Hyman was in the grammar grades, a brag pupil, Pasquale was in the protectory, a branded incorrigible.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • He received his education in a protectory where the good brothers were much too busy to observe which hand he used.

    Seeing Things at Night Heywood Broun
  • The “institutions designated by law” for the reception of truants are chiefly the protectory and the Juvenile Asylum.

    The Children of the Poor Jacob A. Riis
British Dictionary definitions for protectory


noun (pl) -ries
an institution for the care of homeless, delinquent, or destitute children
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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