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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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However, somewhat surprisingly considering Edward III's extensive use of these wardships and marriages for many who would be considered parvenus, private court actions launched by individuals or families seem to have been the limit of serious negative contemporary reaction.
Edward's dispersal of wardships and marriages over the next three decades helped to effect the repair of this situation.
Finally, looking briefly to the overall distribution of grants, the chronology of royal patronage of wardships and marriage rights to Edward's new men indicates a fairly even spread throughout the early decades of the reign, though trailing off later on.
By the late fourteenth century, the development of the enfeoffment-to-use, made use of by the lower orders of landowners since mid-century, had clearly begun to be used by members of the nobility as well, thereby lessening even further the value of wardships returning to the king -- and therefore also often the profitability of connected marriages.
Thus, while the royal feudal structure as a whole might well have been going into decline in the later medieval period, nonetheless, at least for the middle decades of the fourteenth-century, control over the wardships and marriages of his tenants-in-chief played a vital role in Edward III's reshaping of both polity and monarchical authority during his reign.
Thus, many wardships only comprised two-thirds of the lands of an estate.
42) Indeed, wardships seem to have been the perfect time to assert dormant rights.
This did not, however, hold true for royal use of wardships.
142) According to Walker, "because of the clarity of the royal claim and the efficiency of the administration, the king was rarely put to suit about wardships.
169) This goes against, at least in the case of wardships, Ormrod's assertion that Edward III "took full advantage of the deaths of his tenants-in-chief in order to increase the short-term profits of feudalism.
6) From these the guardian could usually take some form of profit,(7) provided he left enough to sustain the heir and that the lands of the wardship involved were not hurt, or "wasted," by these exactions.