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guardian

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noun guard·ian \ˈgär-dē-ən\

Simple Definition of guardian

  • : someone or something that watches or protects something

  • law : someone who takes care of another person or of another person's property

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of guardian

  1. 1 :  one that guards :  custodian

  2. 2 :  a superior of a Franciscan monastery

  3. 3 :  one who has the care of the person or property of another

guardianship

play \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of guardian in a sentence

  1. After the death of her parents, her uncle was appointed as her legal guardian.

  2. <the state became his guardian when he was put into protective custody>



Origin and Etymology of guardian

Middle English gardein, wardein — more at warden


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with guardian

Sardian


GUARDIAN Defined for Kids

guardian

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noun guard·ian \ˈgär-dē-ən\

Definition of guardian for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who guards or looks after something :  custodian

  2. 2 :  a person who legally has the care of another person or of another person's property

guardianship

\-ˌship\ noun



Law Dictionary

guardian

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noun guard·ian \ˈgär-dē-ən\

Legal Definition of guardian

  1. :  one who has or is entitled or legally appointed to the care and management of the person or property of another — compare committee, conservator, curator, receiver, tutor guardian ad litem \-ad-ˈlī-təm, -äd-ˈlē-tem\ :  a guardian appointed by a court to represent in a particular lawsuit the interests of a minor, a person not yet born, or a person judged incompetent guardian by nature :  natural guardian in this entry natural guardian :  a guardian by natural relationship having custody of the person but not the property of a minor Editor's note: Under common law the father is considered the natural guardian of a child until his death or incapacitation, whereupon the mother becomes the natural guardian. Many states have passed statutes giving both parents equal rights as guardians. statutory guardian :  a guardian appointed by statutory authority testamentary guardian :  a person named in a will to serve as a guardian

guardianship

noun




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