Meaning of custodial


Someone whose job or task is custodial is supposed to take care of you. A babysitter’s job is custodial.

A guardian or caregiver of any kind has a custodial duty — he or she supervises and protects another person, usually a child. After a divorce, there’s sometimes only one custodial parent, while the other only visits occasionally. When a criminal is sent to prison, it’s often called a “custodial sentence,” because the convicted person is being watched over and supervised in jail. The Latin root is custodia, “guarding or keeping.”

Definitions of custodial
  1. adjective

    providing protective supervision; watching over or safeguarding

    “daycare that is educational and not just

    tutelar, tutelary


    intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind

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