1. of or relating to custody.
  2. of, relating to, or appropriate to a custodian: a building superintendent’s custodial duties.
  3. responsible for or providing protective supervision and guardianship rather than seeking to improve or cure: Overcrowding forces many mental hospitals to provide only custodial care.


  1. a container or receptacle for something sacred, as the Host.

adj.1772, from custody (Latin custodia) + -al (1).

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