The definition of custody is the care of a person or thing, generally under court orders, or the state of being held by force.(noun)
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noun pl. custodies
Origin: ME custodie < L custodia < custos, a guard, keeper < IE *(s)keudh- <base *(s)keus-, to cover > sky
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cus·to·dynoun pl. custodies cus·to·dies
Origin: Middle English custodie, from Latin custōdia, from custōs, custōd-, guard; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.
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