cus·​to·​di·​al | \ ˌkə-ˈstō-dē-əl How to pronounce custodial (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web According to a custodial death report filed to the attorney general’s office, DPS investigators said Hodge shot at the troopers. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "South Dallas man slain by DPS troopers after traffic stop had 16 gunshot wounds, autopsy shows," 4 Jan. 2020 In 2018, Human Rights Watch and the U.N., too, expressed concern over custodial violence and extrajudicial killings by the UP police. Nilanjana Bhowmick/new Delhi, Time, "Why This Indian State Is Witnessing the Country's Most Violent Anti Citizenship-Law Protests," 1 Jan. 2020 Prisoners are entitled to medical care during their custodial time at the same level as that which is provided in the community,’’ Cienfuegos wrote to the court. oregonlive, "Judge: Suit by former inmate, alleging jail failed to get him medical care resulting in loss of eye, can head to trial," 23 Oct. 2019 Only custodial and maintenance staff occupied the building when a member of the staff discovered the fire in a second-floor classroom at the school, 100 Church St., at about 5:30 a.m., Lake Zurich Fire Department Chief John Malcolm said. Phil Rockrohr,, "No injuries in small fire before classes start at May Whitney Elementary School in Lake Zurich," 18 Nov. 2019 Guercio, 77, is a civilian employee who has worked at the Sheriff’s Office for 27 years, performing custodial services such as taking out trash and recycling. David Anderson,, "Jack Guercio, longtime employee at Harford Sheriff’s Office, collects police memorabilia from around the globe," 21 Oct. 2019 Available jobs include custodial, cleaners, food service, paraprofessionals and bus drivers. cleveland, "A positive painted message may rock someone to seek help: Olmsted Dates and Data," 18 Oct. 2019 Most children who run away from home or who are abducted by non-custodial parents usually return home at some point. Phillip Morris, cleveland, "Dead Cleveland girls beckon us from their graves: Phillip Morris," 3 Nov. 2019 Brittany wasn’t with her father when the police found him in Arkansas, and he was charged with felony custodial interference. Carol Robinson |, al, "Gone without a trace? Misery, mystery linger in these Alabama missing child cases," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of custodial

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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19 Jan 2020

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“Custodial.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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
US : relating to the care of a building, equipment, or land
British, law : involving punishment that requires a criminal to spend time in a prison


cus·​to·​di·​al | \ ˌkəs-ˈtōd-ē-əl How to pronounce custodial (audio) \

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 How to pronounce custodial (audio) \

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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