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A person, especially an infant or incompetent, placed by the court in the care of a guardian.


Guardian and Ward.


n. 1) a person (usually a minor) who has a guardian appointed by the court to care for and take responsibility for that person. A governmental agency may take temporary custody of a minor for his/her protection and care if the child is suffering from parental neglect or abuse, or has been in trouble with the law. Such a child is a "ward of the court" (if the custody is court-ordered) or a "ward of the state." 2) a political division of a city, much like a council district. (See: guardian)


noun care, charge, custody, defense, guard, guardianship, keeping, preservation, protection, safeguard, safekeeping, security, trusteeship, tutelage, vigilance, watch, watchfulness
Associated concepts: ward of the state
See also: bailiwick, charge, control, custody, dependent, district, division, juvenile, minor, orphan, preservation, protect, protégé, region, supervision


of court see WARDSHIP.

WARD, domestic relations. An infant placed by authority of law under the care of a guardian.
     2. While under the care of a guardian a ward can make no contract whatever binding upon him, except for necessaries. When the relation of guardian and ward ceases, the latter is entitled to have an account of the administration of his estate from the former. During the existence of this relation, the ward is under the subjection of his guardian, who stands in loco parentis.

WARD, a district. Most cities are divided for various purposes into districts, each of which is called a ward.

WARD, police. To watch in the day time, for the purpose of preventing violations of the law.
     2. It is the duty of all police officers and constables to keep ward in their respective districts.

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In a letter to the President in 1963 Mountbatten said Sir Michael Gore-Booth was a ward of court due to mental illness and his mother and her two daughters had been restrained from taking any part in the running of Lissadell.
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Her mother Dawn, from Dee Street, East Belfast, has had her made a ward of court.
The girl had now been made a ward of court in accordance with an existing High Court order, said a spokeswoman for the Lord Chancellor's Department.
In a Commons written reply, Mr Denham said the trust did not make an application for ward of court status in relation to the children.
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The judge ordered that Tristan be made a ward of court, remain an Irish citizen and enjoy all the rights to the estate of the Dowses as if he had remained their lawful child.