AskDefine | Define custodial

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custodial adj : providing protective supervision; watching over or safeguarding; "daycare that is educational and not just custodial"; "a guardian angel"; "tutelary gods" [syn: guardian, tutelary, tutelar]

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  1. Providing protection, care, supervision or guarding
  2. Of, pertaining to or providing custody, especially of a child
  3. Providing punishment by incarceration

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Argus-eyed, all ears, all eyes, aux aguets, covering, defensive, eagle-eyed, fostering, guarded, guardian, guarding, hawk-eyed, immunizing, keen-eyed, lidless, observant, on guard, on the lookout, on the watch, open-eyed, parental, preventive, prophylactic, protecting, protective, prudent, safeguarding, screening, sharp-eyed, sheltering, shielding, sleepless, tutelary, vigilant, wary, watchful, with open eyes
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