child custody

noun Law.
custody ( def 4 ). Unabridged


noun, plural custodies.
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.
Also called child custody. Law. the right of determining the residence, protection, care, and education of a minor child or children, especially in a divorce or separation.

1400–50; late Middle English custodye < Latin custōdia a watching, watchman, equivalent to custōd- (stem of custōs) keeper + -ia -y3

1. safekeeping, charge, watch. 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. Unabridged
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custody (ˈkʌstədɪ)
n , pl -dies
1.  the act of keeping safe or guarding, esp the right of guardianship of a minor
2.  the state of being held by the police; arrest (esp in the phrases in custody, take into custody)
[C15: from Latin custōdia, from custōs guard, defender]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., from L. custodia "guarding or keeping," from custos (gen. custodis) "guardian, keeper, protection," from PIE *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)). Related: Custodial (1772).
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