tu·te·lage (ttl-ĭj, tyt-)
1. The capacity or activity of a guardian; guardianship.
2. The capacity or activity of a tutor; instruction or teaching.
3. The state of being under the direction of a guardian or tutor.
[Latin tūtēla (from tūtus, variant past participle of tuērī, to guard) + -AGE.]
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