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[gahr-dee-uh n-ship] /ˈgɑr di ənˌʃɪp/
the position and responsibilities of a guardian, especially toward a ward.
care; responsibility; charge.
Origin of guardianship
1545-55; guardian + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Like my father, he was a widower: he had one child, the almost infant Juliet, who was left under my father's guardianship.

  • He explained the necessity of it to Angelique, by speaking of the guardianship.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • The feeling of guardianship, and the consciousness of his own duties towards his sister, made him think less of himself.

    Froth Armando Palacio Valds
  • Her grandfather found her at last and took her under his guardianship.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • To women has been granted the guardianship of the Life-Force.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • At his death the mother is entitled to the guardianship and custody.

  • In accepting his guardianship, Mr. Raby struggled stoutly against two prejudices: Faraday was plain-looking and skeptical.

  • The ideas attendant on both are combined in the modern idea of guardianship.

    Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
  • You have solemnly devoted yourselves to be English soldiers, for the guardianship of England.

Word Origin and History for guardianship

1550s, from guardian + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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