Words nearby child custody
Definition for child-custody (2 of 2)
[ kuhs-tuh-dee ]
/ ˈkʌs tə di /
noun, plural cus·to·dies.
keeping; guardianship; care.
the keeping or charge of officers of the law: The car was held in the custody of the police.
imprisonment; legal restraint: He was taken into custody.
Origin of custody
1400–50; late Middle English custodye < Latin custōdia “a watching, watchman,” equivalent to custōd- (stem of custōs) “keeper” + -ia -y3
synonym study for custody
1. Custody, keeping, possession imply a guardianship or care for something. Custody denotes a strict keeping, as by a formally authorized and responsible guardian or keeper: in the custody of the sheriff. Keeping denotes having in one's care or charge, as for guarding or preservation: I left the package in my mother's keeping. Possession means holding, ownership, or mastery: Leave it in possession of its owner.
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Examples from the Web for child-custody
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British Dictionary definitions for child-custody
/ (ˈkʌstədɪ) /
noun plural -dies
the act of keeping safe or guarding, esp the right of guardianship of a minor
the state of being held by the police; arrest (esp in the phrases in custody, take into custody)
Derived forms of custodycustodial (kʌˈstəʊdɪəl), adjective
Word Origin for custody
C15: from Latin custōdia, from custōs guard, defender
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