From Latin tutelarius ‎(guardian), from tutela ‎(protection).



tutelary ‎(comparative more tutelary, superlative most tutelary)

  1. Having guardianship or protection.
    when a minor is involved, frequently tutelary powers acompany powers of attorney
    • Landor
      This, of all advantages, is the greatest [] the most tutelary of morals.
    • 1835, Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, chapter 6
      Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications and to watch over their fate.
  2. Of or pertaining to guardians
    those are, of course, tutelary benefits which follow the tutelary responsibilities
    • 1920F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise, Book I
      At St. Regis' Amory stayed three days and took his exams with a scoffing confidence, then doubling back to New York to pay his tutelary visit.
  3. Having the qualities of a tutor.


  • 1891Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Ch XXIX
    She loved him so passionately, and he was so godlike in her eyes; and being, though untrained, instinctively refined, her nature cried for his tutelary guidance.



tutelary ‎(plural tutelaries)

  1. A guardian or protector
    Batman served as a tutelary of Gotham City


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