ward·​ship | \ ˈwȯrd-ˌship How to pronounce wardship (audio) \

Definition of wardship

1a : care and protection of a ward
b : the right to the custody of an infant heir of a feudal tenant and of the heir's property
2 : 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, "Deported parents may lose their kids to adoption," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of wardship

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

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“Wardship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wardship. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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