Definition of tutelary in English:

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tutelary

Pronunciation: /ˈt(y)o͞odlˌerē/
(also tutelar /-tl-ər/)

adjective

1Serving as a protector, guardian, or patron: the tutelary spirits of these regions
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  • The Plural Genii refers to Roman Mythology - a tutelary deity or guardian spirit of a person or place.
  • In every village, there are dozens of shrines to tutelary or guardian spirits.
  • For example, the cult of ancestors and tutelary spirits, which extend the community in time and space, contrasts with antisocial individualistic cults.
1.1Relating to protection or a guardian: the state maintained a tutelary relation with the security police
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  • The covenant implied that the ultimate goal of the tutelary relationship was to educate the colonial peoples to political independence.
  • Astoundingly, this tutelary relationship between Britannia and Hibernia was represented on the notes of two Irish banks in the nineteenth century.
  • But the colonial anthropologist came to be in something of a tutelary relationship with a younger scholar from England.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin tutelarius, from tutela 'keeping' (see tutelage).

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Syllabification: tu·te·lar·y

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