A guardian is a person having legal responsibility for another (the ward). Often this refers to a person, other than a parent, who has legal responsibility for, and authority over, a child (although technically a parent is a child's legal guardian unless the child has been adopted or another person has been appointed as the guardian).
The term "guardian" generally implies a parental or semi-parental relationship to the ward. Guardians are supposed to be benevolent figures, although the stereotype of the "stern, uncaring guardian" is, like the stereotype of the "evil stepmother", an old and widely used one.
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