[ 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.
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Origin of custodial
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