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[gahr-dee-uh n-ship] /ˈgɑr di ənˌʃɪp/
the position and responsibilities of a guardian, especially toward a ward.
care; responsibility; charge.
Origin of guardianship
First recorded in 1545-55; guardian + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He explained the necessity of it to Angelique, by speaking of the guardianship.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Imogen is under the guardianship of simplicity, her favourite pupil.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • To women has been granted the guardianship of the Life-Force.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Her grandfather found her at last and took her under his guardianship.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • These creatures were for the guardianship of the human race.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • "Your guardianship had its anxieties, I perceive," said Davis, dryly.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • You may discover that Sir Within has no right to exercise this guardianship.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • At his death the mother is entitled to the guardianship and custody.

  • The ideas attendant on both are combined in the modern idea of guardianship.

    Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
Word Origin and History for guardianship

1550s, from guardian + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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