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guardian Line breaks: guard|ian
Pronunciation: /ˈɡɑːdɪən/

Definition of guardian in English:


1A person who protects or defends something: self-appointed guardians of public morality
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  • Individual rights can be protected only by independent guardians operating in the public light.
  • As self-appointed guardians of public sensibility, these organisations get to draw the line on what is acceptable.
  • When the putative guardians of public morality put the screws to crime and horror comics, distributors refused to put them on newsstands.
1.1A person who is legally responsible for the care of someone who is unable to manage their own affairs, especially a child whose parents have died: I am acting as guardian of my late brother’s family
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  • Children go into care when their current parent or guardian is unable to look after them, or if the child's health, safety or well-being is at risk.
  • The freedom from coercion to have or to adopt a religion or belief and the liberty of parents and guardians to ensure religious and moral education cannot be restricted.
  • Corporal punishment of children occurs primarily during the education process or at the hands of parents or guardians.


Late Middle English: from Old French garden, of Germanic origin; compare with ward and warden. The ending was altered by association with -ian.

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