Definition of CUSTODY

noun : CUSTODY

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) a state of being confined (usually for a short time); "his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police" ;

  • 2. (

    ) holding by the police; "the suspect is in custody" ;

  • 3. (

    ) (with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child; "my fate is in your hands"; "too much power in the president's hands"; "your guests are now in my custody"; "the mother was awarded custody of the children" ;


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