from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to the work of guarding or maintaining.
  • adjective Having custody, especially of a child.
  • adjective Of or relating to child custody.
  • adjective Marked by care and supervision rather than efforts to cure.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Relating to custody or guardianship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective providing protective supervision; watching over or safeguarding


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From custody + -al; confer French custodial.


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