from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The office of a guardian; protection; care; watch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The office, duty, or care, of a guardian; protection; care; watch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The office or position of one acting as a guardian or conservator, especially in a legal capacity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the responsibility of a guardian or keeper
  • noun attention and management implying responsibility for safety


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guardian +‎ -ship


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  • One major concern for the Orphans 'Court is lack of funding to appoint an attorney, guardian ad litem or investigator in guardianship of the minor cases to provide the court with an independent evaluation of the proposed guardian, the home and community where the minor resides.

    Wendy A. Cartwright (D)* Post 2010

  • Certain taboo subjects, for example the Kurdish issue, for instance, was not widely discussed - openly discussed in Turkey until recently, primarily in large part because of the really so-called guardianship that the military felt or the guardianship that the military felt was its role in Turkey.

    CNN Transcript Aug 10, 2007 2007

  • Our ability to empathize with those under our guardianship is our greatest asset because our comprehension of their needs allows us to determine how we can best serve them.

    Daily Om: Just Being There William Harryman 2007

  • And the guardianship is a temporary caretaking agreement.

    CNN Transcript Jan 24, 2007 2007

  • "Our guardianship is a sacred trust, which the Fortress of the Senate shall ever hold true."

    Asimov's Science Fiction 2004

  • "She reminded me that she would only be gone a few months and that the guardianship was a far-fetched eventuality, only effective in the event of her ... death."

    Murder Crossed Boylan, Eleanor 1996

  • In termination proceedings sometimes known as guardianship or permanent managing conservatorship, among other terms, a court permanently and totally severs all legal rights of the parent or guardian in the child.

    Law In The Health and Human Services Donald T. Dickson 1995

  • It is, however, only the statutory kind of guardianship which is destroyed by

    The Institutes of Justinian John Baron Moyle 1891

  • For a dad to succeed in winning infant custody, his approach must focus on establishing that his guardianship is the best choice for the child's growth and development.

    MyLinkVault Newest Links 2009

  • Under this restriction, foreign workers would be effectively banned from protesting mistreatment or discrimination by employers, ex-convicts would be prohibited from holding a rally to call for changes in unfair rulings and persons under "guardianship" for physical or mental handicaps would be unable to protest the failure of public facilities or government policies to address their problems.

    Connecting the Dots -- UPDATED -- Michael Turton 2009


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