the state of being a guardian (=a person that is legally responsible for another person or property, especially where the other is a child, disabled or unable to look after his or herself) The Supreme Court in India has ruled that mothers should have the same rights as fathers in the guardianship of a child.
- We just applied for guardianship of our father.
- The caretaker assumed legal guardianship of the child.
- She seeks guardianship of her biological daughter.
- It was necessary to file for guardianship.