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tutelary

[toot-l-er-ee, tyoot-] /ˈtut lˌɛr i, ˈtyut-/
adjective
1.
having the position of guardian or protector of a person, place, or thing:
tutelary saint.
2.
of or pertaining to a guardian or guardianship.
noun, plural tutelaries.
3.
a person who has tutelary powers, as a saint, deity, or guardian.
Also, tutelar
[toot-l-er, tyoot-] /ˈtut l ər, ˈtyut-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin tūtēlārius guardian; see tutelage, -ary
Related forms
supertutelary, adjective
untutelar, adjective
untutelary, adjective
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  • On the other hand, there is a hierarchy among tutelary and ancestral gods.
British Dictionary definitions for tutelary

tutelary

/ˈtjuːtɪlərɪ/
adjective
1.
invested with the role of guardian or protector
2.
of or relating to a guardian or guardianship
noun (pl) -laries, -lars
3.
a tutelary person, deity, or saint
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Word Origin and History for tutelary
adj.

1610s, from Latin tutelarius "a guardian," from tutela "protection, watching" (see tutor (n.)).

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