tu·te·lar·y (ttl-ĕr′ē, tyt-) also tu·te·lar (ttl-ər, -är′, tyt-)
1. Being or serving as a guardian or protector: tutelary gods.
2. Of or relating to a guardian or guardianship.
n. pl. tu·te·lar·ies also tu·te·lars
One that serves as a guardian or protector.
[From Latin tūtēlārius, guardian, from tūtēla, tutelage; see TUTELAGE.]
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