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[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.
Origin of custodial
1765-75; < Latin custōdi(a) custody + -al1
Related forms
custodialism, noun
noncustodial, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If you share custody of your children, bring your custodial papers and a letter of permission from the other parent.
  • custodial care may be required early in the course of the disease.
  • Four other soldiers have entered guilty pleas, including three who have been given custodial sentences, one for eight years.
  • Instead, he proposes a special drugs court which would give non-violent offenders non-custodial sentences and counselling.
  • His tone was often custodial, and he could sound condescending, as if he alone were in possession of all the facts.
  • He switched the focus of state hospitals from custodial care to individualized treatment.
  • It means only what the primary physical custodial parent says it means.
  • In these cases it would generally be better if the custodial parent was married to someone else.
  • The custodial work with primary responsibility for serving as a full time functional leader to a custodial crew.
Word Origin and History for custodial

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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