custodialism, n.
/ku stoh"dee euhl/, adj.
1. of or pertaining to custody.
2. of, pertaining 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.
4. a container or receptacle for something sacred, as the Host.
[1765-75; < L custodi(a) CUSTODY + -AL1]

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