- 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.
- 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 of custodyMiddle 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
take into custody
- The control and care of a person or property, especially when granted by a court: an adult who was given custody of the child. See Synonyms at care.
- The state of being detained or held under guard, especially by the police: took the robbery suspect into custody.
Origin of custodyMiddle English custodie, from Latin custōdia, from custōs, custōd-, guard; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.
- The legal right to take care of something or somebody, especially children.
- The court awarded custody to the child's father.
- Temporary possession or care of somebody else's property.
- I couldn't pay the bill and now my passport is in custody of the hotel management.
- The state of being imprisoned or detained, usually pending a trial.
- He was mistreated while in police custody.
From Latin custodia (“a keeping, watch, guard, prison”), from custos (“a keeper, watchman, guard”).
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.