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Definition: Custody

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Dictionary Definition


  1. holding property under one’s control.
  2. law enforcement officials’ act of holding an accused or convicted person in criminal proceedings, beginning with the arrest of that person.
  3. in domestic relations (divorce, dissolution) a court’s determination of which parent (or another appropriate party) should have physical and/or legal control and responsibility for a minor child.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Custody. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. September 16, 2021
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Custody. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: September 16, 2021).
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Custody are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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