[kuh-stoh-dee-uh l]
  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.
  1. a container or receptacle for something sacred, as the Host.

Origin of custodial

1765–75; < Latin custōdi(a) custody + -al1
Related formscus·to·di·al·ism, nounnon·cus·to·di·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Word Origin and History for custodialism



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper