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custody

cus·to·dy

custody

 
pronunciation:
kuh stih di
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part of speech: noun
inflections: custodies
definition 1: the legal right to control and take care of something or someone.
The father received custody of his daughter.
synonyms:
guardianship, keeping
similar words:
care, trust
definition 2: control and possession, esp. by police or other government agents.
The evidence was kept in the custody of the court.
synonyms:
possession, safekeeping
similar words:
control
definition 3: the condition of being held prisoner, esp. by the police.
The thief is now in custody.
synonyms:
confinement
similar words:
detention, durance, duress, incarceration, prison, safekeeping
derivation: custodial (adj.)
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