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A subdivision used in local governments in a number of countries. Wards are sometimes the constituencies for local, elected officials. They are often equivalent to a neighborhood or a portion of county.


See guardian.

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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.
134) Lindley identified wardship with a particular set of duties owed by a superior power to a dependent power with the purpose of making the dependence temporary and ending it with entrance into full adulthood.
Both the "broad ethical sense" of the trusteeship and wardship ideas and efforts to pronounce the duties of colonial powers in those terms were thus a familiar, if minority, strain in international law at the time of the League Convention.
The second, in particular, found expression in the third critical private-law term in the mandate system, one with sources in Vitoria's first, tentative rationale for colonial rule: wardship.
Grants free of payments represented a notable loss of potential revenue for the royal purse, and made up less than a third of all wardships given out.
The remaining wardships which Edward granted out all had somewhat more substantial remuneration for the king attached to them -- though rarely, unless it was a simple stewardship, was the grantee not able to make some form of profit from the transaction.
Indeed, what this last section tends to emphasize is the contemporary realization of the obvious value of minorities, men being willing to pay large sums to have even portions of wardships under their control.
41) But this was even more true when it came to wardships, which entailed attempting to protect and control land which everyone knew to be in custodianship, and therefore in practice less well defended by law.
The most systematic accounting of wardships is found in a "Livro de Tutellas" (Book of Wardships) kept for the municipality of Campina Grande between 1871 and 1874.
Since wardships could be cancelled if the children failed to render adequate service, orphans not only provided an alternative to the dwindling slave supply, they often constituted a less risky investment than purchasing slaves whose entire value had to be paid at one time and whose masters could not usually recuperate their investment if the slaves became ill, died, or ran away.
The emphasis on putting poor boys to work was perceived as a major benefit of the wardship system.