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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 656 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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GUARDIAN, one who guards or defends another, a protector. The O. Fr. guarden, garden, mod. gardien, from guarder, garder, is of Teutonic origin, from the base war-, to protect, cf. O.H. Ger. warten, and Eng. " ward "; thus "guardian" and " warden " are etymologically identical, as are " guard " and " ward "; cf. the use of the correlatives " guardian " and " ward," i.e. a minor, or person incapable of managing his affairs, under the protection or in the custody of a guardian. For the position of guardians of the poor see PooR LAw, and for the legal relations between a guardian and his ward see INFANT, MARRIAGE and
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