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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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82) As a further extension to the grant, on 8 January 1341, Bradeston was given the wardships of the lands of the deceased William de la More, as noted above, as well as receiving the marriage of the heir without having to pay anything for it.
Indeed, from Appendix B (i), one gets the impression that geographical concerns were, as with wardships, the prime worth of marriage rights to Edward's new creations -- of the thirty-four grants, twenty-four mainly reflect the landed interests of a new man rather than existing social connections or the desire to make a quick profit.
Thus, Edward III's use of the royal feudal right of marriage -- whether as a grant of the right of marriage of an heir or heiress to a new man or the arrangement of his own marriage -- even more so than wardships, helped to reinforce his new creations' positions within the kingdom.
Even more than wardships, it also gave them a status and presence within their sphere of influence which only came with attachment to established noble blood.
In one way or another, then, wardships and marriages were clearly under Edward III's control -- and he tended to use them for maximum effect.
But, considering its short term nature, it is unsurprising that litigation concerning wardships was generally routine.
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.