ward·​ship ˈwȯrd-ˌship How to pronounce wardship (audio)
: care and protection of a ward
: the right to the custody of an infant heir of a feudal tenant and of the heir's property
: the state of being under a guardian

Examples of wardship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But each state court system, from New York to California, runs wardship and adoption proceedings differently — and sometimes there are even variations between counties. Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza, The Seattle Times, 9 Oct. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of wardship was in the 15th century

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“Wardship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wardship. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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