Custody
Custody Cus"to*dy (k?s"t?-d?), n. [L. custodia, fr. custos guard; prob. akin to Gr. ?????? to hide, and E. hide. Seee {Hide} to cover.] 1. A keeping or guarding; care, watch, inspection, for keeping, preservation, or security. [1913 Webster]

A fleet of thirty ships for the custody of the narrow seas. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. Judicial or penal safe-keeping. [1913 Webster]

Jailer, take him to thy custody. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. State of being guarded and watched to prevent escape; restraint of liberty; confinement; imprisonment. [1913 Webster]

What pease will be given To us enslaved, but custody severe, And stripes and arbitrary punishment? --Milton. [1913 Webster]


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  • Custody — may refer to: Legal custody Child custody, a description of the legal relationship between a parent (or guardian) and child Police custody or detention, a lawful holding of a person by removing their freedom of liberty Custody (film), a 2007… …   Wikipedia

  • custody — [kus′tə dē] n. pl. custodies [ME custodie < L custodia < custos, a guard, keeper < IE * (s)keudh < base * (s)keus , to cover > SKY] 1. a guarding or keeping safe; care; protection; guardianship 2. the right of having one s children …   English World dictionary

  • custody — [n1] supervision, charge of something aegis, auspices, care, conservation, custodianship, guardianship, keeping, management, observation, preservation, protection, safekeeping, salvation, superintendence, trusteeship, tute lage, ward, wardship,… …   New thesaurus

  • Custody — Nom porté dans le Tarn et Garonne et le Lot et Garonne. Semble désigner soit un gardien de prison, soit une prison ou un poste de garde (toponyme), du latin custos, custodis (garde, geôlier) ou custodia (surveillance, prison). A noter aussi l… …   Noms de famille

  • custody — mid 15c., from L. custodia guarding, watching, keeping, from custos (gen. custodis) guardian, keeper, protector, from PIE * (s)keu to cover, conceal (see HIDE (Cf. hide) (n.1)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • custody — ► NOUN 1) protective care or guardianship. 2) Law parental responsibility, especially as allocated to one of two divorcing parents. 3) imprisonment. DERIVATIVES custodial adjective. ORIGIN Latin custodia, from custos guardian …   English terms dictionary

  • custody — The care and control of a thing or person. The keeping, guarding, care, watch, inspection, preservation or security of a thing, carrying with it the idea of the thing being within the immediate personal care and control of the person to whose… …   Black's law dictionary

  • custody — The care and control of a thing or person. The keeping, guarding, care, watch, inspection, preservation or security of a thing, carrying with it the idea of the thing being within the immediate personal care and control of the person to whose… …   Black's law dictionary

  • custody — cus|to|dy [ˈkʌstədi] n [U] [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: custodia guarding , from custos person who guards ] 1.) the right to take care of a child, given to one of their parents when they have ↑divorced custody of ▪ He got custody of his son …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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