protective custody

noun

Definition of protective custody

: a safe place under police watch
  • The witness is in protective custody.

Word by Word Definitions

protect play protective
  1. : to cover or shield from exposure, injury, damage, or destruction : guard

  2. : defend

  3. : to maintain the status or integrity of especially through financial or legal guarantees: such as

custody play
  1. : immediate charge and control (as over a ward or a suspect) exercised by a person or an authority


Law Dictionary

protective custody

legal Definition of protective custody

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