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protectory

[ pruh-tek-tuh-ree ]

noun

, plural pro·tec·to·ries.
  1. an institution for the care of destitute or delinquent children.


protectory

/ prəˈtɛktərɪ /

noun

  1. an institution for the care of homeless, delinquent, or destitute children


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Word History and Origins

Origin of protectory1

First recorded in 1650–60; protect + -ory 2

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Example Sentences

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.

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