custodial

adjective cus·to·di·al \ ˌkə-ˈstō-dē-əl \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of custodial

1 a : 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

  1. Her mother is the custodial parent.

Recent Examples of custodial from the Web

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First Known Use of custodial

1678


CUSTODIAL Defined for English Language Learners

custodial

adjective

Definition of custodial for English Language Learners

  • 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


Medical Dictionary

custodial

adjective 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

Law Dictionary

custodial

adjective 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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