Definition of custody
: immediate charge and control (as over a ward or a suspect) exercised by a person or an authority; also : safekeeping
Examples of custody in a Sentence
She has sole custody of her daughter.
The judge granted custody to the grandparents.
The bank provides safe custody for valuables.
Recent Examples of custody from the Web
He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 21 and must remain in custody until then, after his bond was revoked due to his third positive drug test.
The suspect, Hao The Dinh of Manassas, was taken into custody and charged with robbery, carjacking, escape without force and other charges.
The 42-year-old man was taken into custody without a struggle, San Diego police Officer Tony Martinez said.
Police say eight people are dead, including deputy sheriff, after shooting in Mississippi; suspect in custody.
No one is in custody, and the case remains under investigation.
The police said Willie C. Godbolt, 35, of Bogue Chitto, Miss., was in custody on Sunday for the shootings.
The names of the people in custody have not been released.
Moberg is the only suspect currently in custody, who may have ties to the disappearance of 16-year-old Brian Parker.
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Origin and Etymology of custody
Middle English custodie, from Latin custodia guarding, from custod-, custos guardian
First Known Use: 15th century
CUSTODY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of custody for English Language Learners
law : the legal right to take care of a child (such as a child whose parents are divorced)
: the state of being kept in a prison or jail
: the act of protecting or taking care of something
CUSTODY Defined for Kids
Definition of custody for Students
1 : direct responsibility for care and control The boy is in the custody of his parents.
2 : the state of being arrested or held by police The suspect has been taken into custody.
Legal Definition of custody
: care or control exercised by a person or authority over something or someone: as a : supervision and control over property that usually includes liability for damage that may occur b : care and maintenance of a child that includes the right to direct the child's activities and make decisions regarding the child's upbringing — compare visitation joint custody : custody of a child shared by divorced or separated parents who alternate physical custody of and share in decisions regarding the child —called also shared custody physical custody : custody that includes sharing a residence with a child shared custody : joint custody in this entry sole custody : custody of a child awarded to only one person and usually to a parent temporary custody : custody awarded until a final judgment in a matter (as a divorce) is made c : official restraint on freedom (as by arrest or imprisonment or by release on bail, personal recognizance, probation, or parole) — compare arrest constructive custody : custody of a person (as a parolee) who is not under immediate physical control but whose freedom is controlled or restrained by legal authority penal custody : custody of a person (as in a correctional institution) as a form of punishment physical custody : custody of a person (as an arrestee) whose freedom is under the actual and immediate control of an official preventive custody : custody of a person (as a criminal defendant awaiting trial) for the purpose of preventing further possible dangerous or criminal behavior protective custody : physical custody of a person for his or her own safety
Origin and Etymology of custody
Latin custodia, from custod-, custos guardian
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