custodial

adjective

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

Her mother is the custodial parent.
Recent Examples on the Web As of last quarter, deposits were down just 2% and declined even less excluding the custodial deposits connected to the acquisition of Signature Bank. Elisabeth Buchwald, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 In addition to charges of being a pimp, custodial interference, human trafficking of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Carvajal also has been charged with grand theft auto in a separate case. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 28 Jan. 2024 Deposits last quarter were down just 2% and declined by even less excluding the custodial deposits connected to the acquisition of Signature Bank. Elisabeth Buchwald, CNN, 31 Jan. 2024 Among the nearly 280 employees, professors talked with their families about moving, and worried about whether the cafeteria and custodial staff members could find comparable jobs. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2023 Your custodial days are not for you, but for your children. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2024 Before the change to the FAFSA, the parent who lived with the student borrower more of the time — the custodial parent — was responsible for filling out the FAFSA. The New York Times, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2024 The parks and sanitation departments currently pay welfare recipients to do custodial work, but the city’s Office of Management and Budget wants to save money by shifting about 2,300 of those positions to outside firms. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2023 No custodial measures have been taken against the actor. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 14 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of custodial was in 1678

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Cite this Entry

“Custodial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/custodial. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

custodial

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

Legal Definition

custodial

adjective
cus·​to·​di·​al kə-ˈstō-dē-əl How to pronounce custodial (audio)
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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