guardianship

[gahr-dee-uhn-ship]
noun
1.
the position and responsibilities of a guardian, especially toward a ward.
2.
care; responsibility; charge.

Origin:
1545–55; guardian + -ship

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guardian (ˈɡɑːdɪən)
 
n
1.  one who looks after, protects, or defends: the guardian of public morals
2.  a.  law someone legally appointed to manage the affairs of a person incapable of acting for himself, as a minor or person of unsound mind
 b.  social welfare (in England) a local authority, or person accepted by it, named under the Mental Health Act 1983 as having the powers to require a mentally disordered person to live at a specified place, attend for treatment, and be accessible to a doctor or social worker
3.  (often capital) (in England) another word for custos
 
adj
4.  protecting or safeguarding
 
'guardianship
 
n

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Example sentences
It is irresponsible guardianship on the part of many parents to forcibly compel
  their children's views in line with their own.
Children will find those items available in other outlets outside school
  guardianship.
When the term of his second guardianship was expired, he was employed six years
  in preaching.
Such a statement might have made it more difficult for the parents to sue for
  guardianship to control the decision.
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