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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the work of guarding or maintaining: the custodial duties of a security guard.
  • adj. Having custody, especially of a child: "children whose custodial parent has remarried” ( American Demographics).
  • adj. Of or relating to child custody: custodial households.
  • adj. Marked by care and supervision rather than efforts to cure: custodial treatment of terminal patients.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Providing protection, care, supervision or guarding
  • adj. Of, pertaining to or providing custody, especially of a child
  • adj. Providing punishment by incarceration

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to custody or guardianship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to or of the nature of custody or guardianship.
  • n. Same as custodia. C. Reade.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. providing protective supervision; watching over or safeguarding

Etymologies

From custody + -al; confer French custodial. (Wiktionary)

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