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protectory

[ pruh-tek-tuh-ree ]
/ prəˈtɛk tə ri /
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noun, plural pro·tec·to·ries.
an institution for the care of destitute or delinquent children.
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Origin of protectory

First recorded in 1650–60; protect + -ory2
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How to use protectory in a sentence

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

  • The “institutions designated by law” for the reception of truants are chiefly the Protectory and the Juvenile Asylum.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for protectory

protectory
/ (prəˈtɛktərɪ) /

noun plural -ries
an institution for the care of homeless, delinquent, or destitute children
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