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custodial

[kuh-stoh-dee-uh l]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to custody.
  2. of, relating to, or appropriate to a custodian: a building superintendent's custodial duties.
  3. 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.
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noun
  1. a container or receptacle for something sacred, as the Host.
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Origin of custodial

1765–75; < Latin custōdi(a) custody + -al1
Related formscus·to·di·al·ism, nounnon·cus·to·di·al, adjective
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Related Words for custodial

watchful, possessive, vigilant, warm, defensive, jealous, careful, conservative, covering, emergency, guardian, preservative, conservational, custodial, protecting, shielding, advisory, protective

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Contemporary Examples of custodial

Historical Examples of custodial

  • 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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    Various


Word Origin and History for custodial

adj.

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

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