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1 In English history, see hundredhundred,
in English history, a subdivision of a shire, first mentioned in the 10th cent. and surviving as a unit of local government into the 19th cent. It is thought that in origin the hundred comprised 100 geld hides, the geld hide being the basic Anglo-Saxon land unit for
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. 2 In law, see guardian and wardguardian and ward,
in law. A guardian is someone who by appointment or by relationship has the care of a person or that person's property, or both. The protected individual, known as the ward, is considered legally incapable of acting for himself or herself; examples are a child
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. 3 In local government, see city governmentcity government,
political administration of urban areas.

The English tradition of incorporating urban units (cities, boroughs, villages, towns) and allowing them freedom in most local matters is general in the United States (see city; local government). The traditional U.
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1. A metal obstruction in a lock; intended to prevent entrance or rotation of a key that does not fit the lock.
2. The outer defenses of a castle. Also see bailey.
3. A division in a hospital.


1. (in many countries) a district into which a city, town, parish, or other area is divided for administration, election of representatives, etc.
2. a room in a hospital, esp one for patients requiring similar kinds of care
3. one of the divisions of a prison
4. Law
a. a person, esp a minor or one legally incapable of managing his own affairs, placed under the control or protection of a guardian or of a court
b. guardianship, as of a minor or legally incompetent person
5. the state of being under guard or in custody
a. an internal ridge or bar in a lock that prevents an incorrectly cut key from turning
b. a corresponding groove cut in a key


1. Dame Barbara (Mary), Baroness Jackson. 1914--81, British economist, environmentalist, and writer. Her books include Spaceship Earth (1966)
2. Mrs Humphry, married name of Mary Augusta Arnold. 1851--1920, English novelist. Her novels include Robert Elsmere (1888) and The Case of Richard Meynell (1911)
3. Sir Joseph George. 1856--1930, New Zealand statesman; prime minister of New Zealand (1906--12; 1928--30)
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By just being themselves, our mentors demonstrate that society is wrong when it says that, if you have a disability, all you can aspire to is public wardship.
Wardship has been of interest to legal and social historians of the Middle Ages for some time now.
Furthermore, the aristocratic widow was usually delegated rights in the wardship of her children.
Wardship proceedings, in my view, implicate these fundamental liberty interests of parents.
Koo Stark, the former soft porn star who made her name having a fling with Prince Andrew, has been given legal aid to pursue an English High Court wardship battle against her former lover over their four-year-old daughter.
Yours, Mine or Ours (1983), the use of wardship proceedings by local authorities to protect children, representation of children in child protection proceedings, and civil litigation by children.
Noel James Menuge's "Female Wards and Marriage in Romance and Law: A Question of Consent" nuances earlier study of wardship to suggest that women's consent is not easy to discern in many cases.
They challenged the subsequent temporary wardship order in favour of child protection authorities, arguing that it violated their rights to freedom of religion and to parental liberty.
Aspects of termination also appealed to pan-Indian groups in California and Oklahoma because it provided pathways to escape federal wardship.
Yesterday, wardship proceedings in the case of babies Belinda and Kimberley were issued in the Birmingham District Registry of the High Court of Justice.
The Canadian version of wardship treatment for status Indians was brutally summed up by the anthropologist Noel Dyck: "From birth to death most Indians have been ca ught in a situation where they have had to listen to one unvarying and unceasing message -- that they are unacceptable as they are and that to become worthwhile as individuals they must change in the particular manner advocated by their current tutelage agents.