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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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  • 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
  • Then took the custodial; and showed the patient the Corpus Domini within.

  • The increase and classification of the custodial population here contemplated is a problem for administrative charity.

    The Arena Various
  • 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
  • A certain sum would also be received from the families of some of the inmates of the training schools and custodial institutions.

Word Origin and History for custodial

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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