from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state of being in the charge of a guardian.
- n. Custody; guardianship.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being a ward of someone
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The office of a ward or keeper; care and protection of a ward; guardianship; right of guardianship.
- n. The state of begin under a guardian; pupilage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The office of a ward or guardian; guardianship; care and protection of a ward; right of guardianship; hence, the feudal tenure by which the lord claimed the custody of the body and custody and profits of the lands of the infant heir of his deceased tenant.
- n. The state or condition of a ward; pupilage.
I begged the King to have the truth declared, whether the wardship were his or mine.
This decadence of purpose is not unnatural; a wardship is a duty, and should not be a continuous necessity, its greatest blessing a consciousness that its ideals and purposes have been assimilated by its wards, and lifted higher in humanity's scale.
"wardship," &c. The above may seem a great undertaking for vacant hours at college, but will not appear to any of Mr. Smith's friends to have been such to him, who read as rapidly, as he attended closely to, and tenaciously retained what he had read.
"pleaded nonage," "wardship," "pupillage," &c., seem to smack too much of legal technology to countenance the supposition of poetic license.
“I am giving your daughter in wardship to my dearly loved half brothers, Edmund and Jasper Tudor,” the king says to my mother.
She would be in a minority, but under the wardship of her mother and yourself as Lord Protector.
A minor could succeed to a title but could not administer the associated estates, especially if they were held as "knight-service," until he or she came of age. 28 Hence, the practice of wardship whereby an underage heir became the ward of the crown with their estates reverting to the crown during the heir's minority.
For how this all related to wardship, see Elton, Reform, p. 147 back
Note 13: Initial evidence for Salisbury's appointment comes from LP, III, pt. 1, 805; on May 13, 1520, Salisbury received as Mary's governess the revenues of a wardship, presumably as wages.
He could not leave until a few other sufferers, too frail or sick to go with their fellows, were committed to responsible care under the marshall's wardship.