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Origin of wardship

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at ward, -ship
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Examples from the Web for wardship

Historical Examples of wardship

  • The wardship of this fief and manor, during the minority of the seigneur, was in the Crown.

  • The third letter stated that Jack had not been able to obtain the grant of a wardship.

    Clare Avery

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • His rights of wardship over widows and orphans are stated and limited.

  • But at least, it will be said, there was no right of wardship and marriage.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • The wardship whereof, when it should occur, was estimated at £40.

    The Vale of Lyvennet

    John Salkeld Bland

British Dictionary definitions for wardship


  1. the state of being a ward
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