cus·to·di·al | \ˌkə-ˈstō-dē-əl \

Definition of custodial 

1a : relating to guardianship

b : relating to, providing, or being protective care or services for basic needs nursing and custodial care

2 : having sole or primary custody of a child the custodial parent

Examples of custodial in a Sentence

Her mother is the custodial parent.

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In order to raise wages, Indian Prairie next year is cutting the number workers hired under its new custodial contract with Aramark, officials said. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "District 204 will cut custodial staff to pay competitive wages," 8 May 2018 House Bill 84 would allow the governor to authorize prisoners to do work other than custodial duties at the Department of Corrections headquarters in Baton Rouge. Julia O'donoghue,, "Louisiana House passes bill to expand use of state prisoner labor," 2 Apr. 2018 Pittsburgh International Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport are among airports that have tested autonomous floor scrubbing machines that allow custodial staff to spend more time doing tasks that require more skills and attention. Harriet Baskas, USA TODAY, "Germs at the airport, and the teams that fight them," 23 May 2018 Michael Shaw told the Free Press that the girl, Janna Marie Lewis, is believed to be with her non-custodial biological father, Michael Charles Lewis. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "8-year-old girl with cerebral palsy missing with non-custodial father," 20 June 2018 Yvonne works as a library helper at Maple Elementary School, and Ryan, 37, does custodial work for the district. Maxine Bernstein,, "Thurston 20 years later: 'We know exactly how they feel'," 20 May 2018 Under current law, with the governor's permission, state inmates are allowed to do custodial work on state grounds and at state facilities. Julia O'donoghue,, "Expanded use of prison labor approved by Louisiana Legislature," 17 May 2018 Another question is how the Fed’s proposals would be affected by the looming Senate banking bill, which exempts central bank deposits from the leverage limit for custodial banks. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Fed’s Capital Mistake," 19 Apr. 2018 Among key items under debate are an amendment proposed Monday by Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., dealing with custodial banks. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump itching for showdown with China on trade," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of custodial

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of custodial

law : having the responsibility for taking care of a child : having custody of a child

: relating to the care of a building, equipment, or land

law : involving punishment that requires a criminal to spend time in a prison


cus·to·di·al | \ˌkəs-ˈtōd-ē-əl \

Medical Definition of custodial 

1 : relating to, providing, or being protective care or services for basic needs nursing and custodial care

2 : having sole or primary custody of a child the custodial parent


cus·to·di·al | \kə-ˈstō-dē-əl \

Legal Definition of custodial 

1 : occurring during or in connection with custody a custodial interrogation

2 : having sole custody or custody a greater portion of the time a custodial parent

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