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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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It's risky as if we come back he could be taken into care again BRETT KING ASHYA'S DAD ON WARDSHIP FEARS
a Crown wardship order with no order for access between the child and
The Court addressed the policies of section 596 by first noting that "[s]eamen from the start were wards of admiralty" and that the wardship traced its roots to the historical role that the court played as the guardian of seamen.
In a previous article, I wrote about the extraction of punitive court fees so that justice is being denied in many cases and, in particular, in wardship cases where the fees have astronomically risen, so that local authorities seem to have stopped making applications.
In this decision, blood took precedence over other forms of recognition that were at work--and at work simultaneously--in the United States at this time: wardship, citizenship, tribal membership, and, during the twenty-five-year waiting period mentioned above, allotment and aptitude.
37) Dispositions in wardship cases included 36,859 placed at home or with a relative; 16,538 in a secure county facility (e.
The distinct nature of Aboriginal child and family poverty in Canada is rooted in cultural fragmentation, multi-generational effects of residential schools, wardship through the child welfare system, and socio-economic marginalization.
The Queens Ward's: Wardship and Marriage under Elizabeth I.
Recall that the Indian Act, a specific body of law that recognises Indians in a wardship status in Canada, created the categories of person and rights that served to sever Indian women from their communities upon marriage to white men.
For example, an heiress might be given as wife instead of an individual having to pay the king for the right to marry her or a wardship might be similarly granted [Church, 1995, pp.
The girl was found to be a child in need of protection and temporary wardship was ordered.