- The definition of custody is the care of a person or thing, generally under court orders, or the state of being held by force.
- An example of custody is a parent having full rights to his child after a divorce.
- An example of custody is a robber being held by the police.
custody definition by Webster's New World
- a guarding or keeping safe; care; protection; guardianship
- the right of having one's children in one's immediate care, awarded under various arrangements to one or both of the parents by a court as a result of a divorce or separation
Origin: Middle English custodie ; from Classical Latin custodia ; from custos, a guard, keeper ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)keudh- ; frombase an unverified form (s)keus-, to cover from source sky
custody definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. cus·to·dies
- The act or right of guarding, especially such a right granted by a court: an adult who was given custody of the child.
- Care, supervision, and control exerted by one in charge. See Synonyms at care.
- The state of being detained or held under guard, especially by the police: took the robbery suspect into custody.
Origin: Middle English custodie, from Latin custōdia, from custōs, custōd-, guard; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.
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custody - Legal Definition
- The immediate control, guarding, or keeping of a thing for its care, inspection, preservation, or security.
- Any significant restraint or control over a person’s freedom to ensure his or her presence at a hearing or trial in a criminal action.
- The restraint and control over a person who is incarcerated following that person’s conviction of an offense.
custody - Phrases/Idioms
take into custody