wardship

noun
ward·ship | \ˈwȯrd-ˌship \

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

First Known Use of wardship

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

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