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Definitions of guardian

  1. One who has, or is entitled to, the custody of the person or property of an infant, a minor without living parents, or a person incapable of managing his own affairs. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. An adult who has been given the legal right by a court to control and care for a minor or her property. Someone who looks after a child's property is called a "guardian of the estate." An adult who has legal authority to make personal decisions for the child, including responsibility for his physical, medical and educational needs, is called a "guardian of the person." Sometimes just one person will be named to take care of all these tasks. An individual appointed by a court to look after an incapacitated adult may also be known as a guardian, but is more frequently called a conservator.
  3. One who has the care of the person or property of another. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. One who guards or takes care of: (law) one who has the care of an orphan minor. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. One who takes care of; person appointed to take care of an orphan. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. A guard; warden. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A warden; one who guards; one to whose care or protection anything is committed; one appointed to take charge of the estate and education of an orphan minor. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. One who has the care or protection of any thing or person. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. providing protective supervision; watching over or safeguarding; "daycare that is educational and not just custodial"; "a guardian angel"; "tutelary gods" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. Performing, or appropriate to, the office of a protector; as, a guardian care. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Protecting. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. Protecting; performing the office of a protector. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for guardian

  1. You're not my guardian yet- and I don't think I'll ever let you be! – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  2. Last year the thirty- three Industrial Schools of the Children's Aid Society and the American Female Guardian Society thus dismissed nearly eleven hundred children who, but for their intervention, might never have reached that goal. – The Children of the Poor by Jacob A. Riis
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