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What is a guardian?

What is a guardian? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. Someone who guards, watches over, or protects.
  2. (law) A person legally responsible for a minor (in loco parentis).
  3. (law) A person legally responsible for an incompetent person.
  4. A superior in a Franciscan monastery.
  5. (video game) A major or final enemy; boss.
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It was a success that encouraged him to think of himself as the guardian of Reaganism.
However, the federal government left implementation of guardian ad litem requirements to the states.
He wasn't their guardian by any means, but he wasn't about to let two stupid kids make a dumb decision.
It took Rhea almost an hour to finally locate this long-lost friend and guardian, and she restrained herself from running into the room.
In the case of an anorexic patient, the guardian would approve resuscitation and psychiatric interventions.
This brochure answers commonly asked questions about the guardian ad litem's role in the divorce process.

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