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[kuh-stoh-dee-uh l] /kʌˈstoʊ di əl/
of or relating to custody.
of, relating to, or appropriate to a custodian:
a building superintendent's custodial duties.
responsible for or providing protective supervision and guardianship rather than seeking to improve or cure:
Overcrowding forces many mental hospitals to provide only custodial care.
a container or receptacle for something sacred, as the Host.
Origin of custodial
1765-75; < Latin custōdi(a) custody + -al1
Related forms
custodialism, noun
noncustodial, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then took the custodial; and showed the patient the Corpus Domini within.

  • Other measures recommended were the custodial care of the feeble-minded, and State control of the use of alcohol.

    Women's Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • While I'm out there, get word to all custodial and operating personnel that they will be permitted to leave tonight.

    Criminal Negligence Jesse Francis McComas
  • A certain sum would also be received from the families of some of the inmates of the training schools and custodial institutions.

  • The increase and classification of the custodial population here contemplated is a problem for administrative charity.

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Word Origin and History for custodial

1772, from custody (Latin custodia) + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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