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 An enormous inflatable rat popped up on the campus of Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., in December when a group of maintenance and custodial workers protested. Allison Prang, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 In Vermont, school board members have filled in as custodial workers, and in Georgia, a school principal has been helping out in the cafeteria. Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2022 Those defending this Capitol, to members of Congress of both parties and their staffs, to reporters, cafeteria workers, custodial workers and their families. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2022 Katie O’Hanlon, a spokesperson for the district, told ProPublica that the district used the funds to cover the wages and operations of custodial workers. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 20 Oct. 2021 Equity Trust, however, serves as a custodian for Crypto IRAs and only offers custodial services rather than investment products. Robert Samuels | For Iron Monk Solutions, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Apr. 2022 Eve Bukowski, president of the Orland Council of Educators, said the district was planning to seek a proposal to outsource custodial services to a private company. Michelle Mullins,, 17 Mar. 2022 The platform will also offer Bitcoin and Ether wallets and custodial services for the tokens themselves, facilitated through a partnership with blockchain payments firm Wyre Inc. Emily Nicolle, Fortune, 9 Mar. 2022 More recently, Union Bank of the Philippines plans to provide crypto trading and custodial services. William Pesek, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of custodial

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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3 May 2022

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“Custodial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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