ward
ward /'wȯrd/ n
1: a division of a city for representative, electoral, or administrative purposes
2 a: a person who by reason of incapacity (as minority or incompetency) is under the control of a guardian
b: a person who by reason of incapacity is under the protection of a court either directly or through a guardian appointed by the court – called also ward of the court; compare interdict
ward·ship n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

ward
I noun care, charge, custody, defense, guard, guardianship, keeping, preservation, protection, safeguard, safekeeping, security, trusteeship, tutelage, vigilance, watch, watchfulness associated concepts: ward of the state II index bailiwick, charge (custody), control (supervision), dependent, district, division (administrative unit), juvenile, minor, orphan, preservation, protect, protégé, region

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


ward
n.
(1) A territorial division in a town or city.
(2) An area of a hospital or prison.
(3) A person, especially a child, under the care and supervision of a guardian.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


ward
1) A person (usually a minor) who has a guardian appointed by the court to care for and take responsibility for that person. Such a person 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. (See also: guardian)
Category: Divorce & Family Law

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


ward
n.
1 A person for whom a guardian has legal responsibility, or one over whose property a guardian has responsibility. Title to legal property remains with the ward, although he or she may not enter into any contracts involving same.
2 A division of a town for electoral or educational purposes.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


ward
A person, especially an infant or incompetent, placed by the court in the care of a guardian.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


ward
A person, especially an infant or incompetent, placed by the court in the care of a guardian.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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 also: guardian

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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