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.

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But on Saturday, the court judge resolved to put Mr. Calvey under custodial detention until April 13. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "Russia Formally Arrests American Businessman," 16 Feb. 2019 Schlensker has plead not guilty to charges of assault with a weapon, and Jackson will be arraigned this week for felony aggravated burglary and custodial interference. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "Daycare Worker Brutally Attacked While Protecting Kids From Their Father Speaks Out," 29 Oct. 2015 Yet, like nearly all states, Washington offers unequal financial support, limited service and uncertain custodial standing. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018 The custodial staff did an audit to find out how many flags were needed. Alyssa Alfano,, "Medina cross country runners relay American flag donations to school buildings," 28 Apr. 2018 As BART’s ridership surged three years ago, along with the number of homeless people lingering inside its downtown San Francisco stations, the transit system doubled down on custodial work — and some of its janitors started cleaning up paywise. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, "BART reining in janitor overtime after public fallout," 30 Apr. 2018 For years, policymakers have issued proposals to expand the EITC to childless adults, or to adults who aren’t their kid’s custodial parent. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Kamala Harris’s new basic income-style bill is so frustratingly close to being great," 19 Oct. 2018 Four Ohio children were found safe Tuesday hours after they were abducted by their non-custodial mother and believed to be headed to Florida with her boyfriend, authorities said. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "4 Ohio children found after being abducted by mom, police say," 29 Aug. 2018 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

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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
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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