a person who guards, protects, or preserves.
Law. a person who is entrusted by law with the care of the person, property, or both, of someone else, such as a minor or someone legally incapable of managing their affairs.
the superior of a Franciscan convent.
guarding; protecting: a guardian deity.
- guard·i·an·less, adjective
- un·der·guard·i·an, noun
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How to use guardian in a sentence
Most self-identify with what sociologist Jane Jacobs in “Systems of Survival” described as part of the “guardian culture” of a society.The U.S. Military Needs to Fight Extremism in Its Own Ranks. Here's How | James Stavridis | February 5, 2021 | Time
Legally, they need a parent or guardian to open a custodial account under their name.GameStop’s craze has caught the eye of a new set of investors: Children | Heather Kelly | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
My dad was my guardian on set and I was the youngest, and I know they were probably a little scared of him.
Schools need a coordinated vaccination plan so that staff, students, parents, guardians and household members who are essential workers or elderly have timely and accessible vaccination opportunities.Schools Want COVID-19 Vaccines, But Not Necessarily Mandates | Ashly McGlone | January 27, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Each thought of itself to be the guardians of the nation and the true “revolutionaries.”The U.S. Capitol Attacked Reminded Me of the 1979 US Embassy Seizure and What Happens When Extremism Wins | Roya Hakakian | January 19, 2021 | Time
According to a ticket seller who spoke to The guardian, the site still receives only 10 visitors a day, on average.
Down 29 percent since 2005, according to a guardian survey of book authors.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer | Arthur Chu | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I laid out there for two and a half hours and my guardian angel showed up—rapper T.I.,” Stapp told MTV News.Creed Singer Scott Stapp’s Fall From Grace: From 40 Million Albums Sold to Living in a Holiday Inn | Marlow Stern | November 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the same interview with the guardian, he started a diplomatic war with South Africa.
They say The guardian has been dragging its feet on the pursuit of NSA-related stories while keeping the Times on a short leash.Is The Guardian Holding Back The New York Times’ Snowden Stories? | Lloyd Grove | October 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If I am your legal guardian, what right have you to question the arrangements made by your husband?The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
But the riders whirled along towards Rai Bareilly, and in another quarter of an hour the night would be their best guardian.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Failing all these heirs, Randolph was to be guardian until Parliament should determine the succession.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
The truth is, in giving up the idea of guardian angels and similar beliefs we have given up some of the greatest comforts in life.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
Likewise, a legally appointed guardian or conservator of an insane inventor may apply for and obtain a patent in trust for him.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for guardian
one who looks after, protects, or defends: the guardian of public morals
law someone legally appointed to manage the affairs of a person incapable of acting for himself, as a minor or person of unsound mind
social welfare (in England) a local authority, or person accepted by it, named under the Mental Health Act 1983 as having the powers to require a mentally disordered person to live at a specified place, attend for treatment, and be accessible to a doctor or social worker
protecting or safeguarding
- guardianship, noun
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