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1. One that guards, watches over, or protects.
2. Law
a. One who is legally responsible for the care and management of the person or property of an incompetent or minor.
3. A superior in a Franciscan monastery.

[Middle English gardein, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French gardien, from alteration of gardenc, from garder, to guard; see guard.]

guard′i·an·ship′ n.


(ˈgɑr di ənˌʃɪp)

1. the position and responsibilities of a guardian, esp. toward a ward.
2. care; responsibility; charge: a museum that is under the guardianship of trustees.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.guardianship - attention and management implying responsibility for safetyguardianship - attention and management implying responsibility for safety; "he is in the care of a bodyguard"
protection - the activity of protecting someone or something; "the witnesses demanded police protection"
due care, ordinary care, reasonable care - the care that a reasonable man would exercise under the circumstances; the standard for determining legal duty
foster care - supervised care for delinquent or neglected children usually in an institution or substitute home
great care - more attention and consideration than is normally bestowed by prudent persons; "the pilot exercised great care in landing"
providence - the guardianship and control exercised by a deity; "divine providence"
slight care - such care as a careless or inattentive person would exercise
2.guardianship - the responsibility of a guardian or keeper; "he left his car in my keeping"
hands, custody - (with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child; "my fate is in your hands"; "too much power in the president's hands"; "your guests are now in my custody"; "the mother was awarded custody of the children"
duty, obligation, responsibility - the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force; "we must instill a sense of duty in our children"; "every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty"- John D.Rockefeller Jr


The function of watching, guarding, or overseeing:
وِصايَه، حِراسَه
umsjón; staîa forráîamanns


[ˈgɑːdɪənʃɪp] Ntutela f, custodia f
she was placed under her mother's guardianshipquedó sometida a la tutela de su madre


[ˈgɑːrdiənʃɪp] ntutelle fguard of honour ngarde f d'honneur


nWachen nt (→ of über +acc); (Jur) → Vormundschaft f (→ of über +acc)


(ˈgaːdiən) noun
1. a person who has the legal right to take care of a child (usually an orphan). He became the child's guardian when her parents died.
2. a person who looks after something. the guardian of the castle.
ˈguardianship noun
the state or duty of being a guardian.
References in classic literature ?
Would to God, that he who holds the honor of our royal master in his guardianship, would show but half her firmness'
The latter might probably have been won for him, had those on whom the guardianship of his welfare had fallen deemed it advisable to expose Clifford to a miserable resuscitation of past ideas, when the condition of whatever comfort he might expect lay in the calm of forgetfulness.
If the child, on the other hand, were really capable of moral and religious growth, and possessed the elements of ultimate salvation, then, surely, it would enjoy all the fairer prospect of these advantages by being transferred to wiser and better guardianship than Hester Prynne's.
This lady was one of my nearest relations, an orphan from her infancy, and under the guardianship of my father.
Joseph mumbled indistinctly in the depths of the cellar, but gave no intimation of ascending; so his master dived down to him, leaving me VIS-A-VIS the ruffianly bitch and a pair of grim shaggy sheep-dogs, who shared with her a jealous guardianship over all my movements.
I had been in agony to obtain some knowledge of the circumstances in which my Dora would be placed - as, in whose guardianship, and so forth - and this was something towards it.
Who is likely to make suitable provisions for the public defense, as that body to which the guardianship of the public safety is confided; which, as the centre of information, will best understand the extent and urgency of the dangers that threaten; as the representative of the WHOLE, will feel itself most deeply interested in the preservation of every part; which, from the responsibility implied in the duty assigned to it, will be most sensibly impressed with the necessity of proper exertions; and which, by the extension of its authority throughout the States, can alone establish uniformity and concert in the plans and measures by which the common safety is to be secured?
For an hour the girl and the man tried to find some means whereby they might circumvent the beast's ill directed guardianship, but all to no avail; Tantor stood his ground in grim determination to let no one approach Korak.
We will each take a thousand livres to be employed as seems good, and we will leave a fund of a thousand livres under the guardianship of Monsieur Abbe here, for extraordinary occasions or common wants.
I say, sire, that the minister of police is greatly deceived or I am; and as it is impossible it can be the minister of police as he has the guardianship of the safety and honor of your majesty, it is probable that I am in error.
I am joined with him in the guardianship of Miss Darcy.
Never, sir," said Raoul, "as long as I possess the happiness of having you for a protector, shall I deem I have the right of freeing myself from a guardianship so valuable to me.