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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Wardship \Ward"ship\, n. 1. The office of a ward or keeper; care and protection of a ward; guardianship; right of guardianship. [1913 Webster] Wardship is incident to tenure in socage. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of begin under a guardian; pupilage. [1913 Webster] It was the wisest act . . . in my wardship. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]