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noun, Law.
(def 4).
[kuhs-tuh-dee] /ˈkʌs tə di/
noun, plural custodies.
keeping; guardianship; care.
the keeping or charge of officers of the law:
The car was held in the custody of the police.
imprisonment; legal restraint:
He was taken into custody.
Also called child custody. Law. the right of determining the residence, protection, care, and education of a minor child or children, especially in a divorce or separation.
noun (pl) -dies
the act of keeping safe or guarding, esp the right of guardianship of a minor
the state of being held by the police; arrest (esp in the phrases in custody, take into custody)

mid-15c., from Latin custodia “guarding, watching, keeping,” from custos (genitive custodis) “guardian, keeper, protector,” from PIE *(s)keu- “to cover, conceal” (see hide (n.1)).


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