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Synonyms for custody
ˈkʌs tə dicus·tody

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English Synonyms and Antonyms1.5 / 2 votes

  1. custody

    Bonds may be of cord, leather, or any other substance that can bind; chains are of linked metal. Manacles and handcuffs are for the hands, fetters are primarily chains or jointed iron fastenings for the feet; gyves may be for either. A shackle is a metallic ring, clasp, or bracelet-like fastening for encircling and restraining a limb: commonly one of a pair, used either for hands or feet. Bonds, fetters, and chains are used in a general way for almost any form of restraint. Gyves is now wholly poetic, and the other words are mostly restricted to the literary style; handcuffs is the specific and irons the general term in popular usage; as, the prisoner was put in irons. Bonds, chains, and shackles are frequently used in the metaphorical sense.

    Synonyms:
    bondage, bonds, chains, durance, duress, fetter, gyves, handcuffs, imprisonment, irons, manacles, shackles

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  1. custody

    Synonyms:
    keeping, guardianship, conservation, care

    Antonyms:
    neglect, betrayal, exposure, abandonment, desertion, liberation, jeopardy, discharge

Princeton's WordNet1.3 / 3 votes

  1. detention, detainment, hold, custodynoun

    a state of being confined (usually for a short time)

    "his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police"

    Synonyms:
    clutch, grip, storage area, delay, keep, cargo hold, detainment, handle, hold, appreciation, handgrip, wait, cargo area, detention, postponement, clasp, cargo deck, clench, clutches, grasp, time lag, hands

  2. custodynoun

    holding by the police

    "the suspect is in custody"

    Synonyms:
    detainment, hands, detention, hold

  3. hands, custodynoun

    (with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child

    "my fate is in your hands"; "too much power in the president's hands"; "your guests are now in my custody"; "the mother was awarded custody of the children"

    Synonyms:
    detention, work force, detainment, workforce, hands, manpower, men, hold

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Dictionary of English Synonymes1.0 / 2 votes

  1. custodynoun

    Synonyms:
    keeping, care, watch guardianship, protection, safekeeping

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. custodynoun

    Synonyms:
    safe-keeping, care, imprisonment

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How to use custody in a sentence?

  1. Duncan Hunter:

    Bergdahl was in the custody of Haqqani initially, not the Taliban. But regardless of who claimed custody of Bergdahl in the end, is the Taliban not an adversary? is the Taliban not responsible for American deaths? Frankly, it's more nonsense from an administration that seems to have lost its sense of reality.

  2. Elizabeth Prelogar:

    The Executive has long exercised discretion to choose how best to allocate limited resources by prioritizing which noncitizens to take into custody and remove, what procedures to use to pursue removal, and whom to detain during the removal process.

  3. Michel Moore:

    All the suspects taken into custody are out of custody, either as a result of one juvenile, or the others as a result of bailing out or zero-bail criteria.

  4. William Barr:

    I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody. Mr. Epstein's death raises serious questions that must be answered, in addition to the FBI's investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein's death.

  5. Diane Richardson:

    She's not in custody as charges are still pending. We are waiting for the investigation to wrap up, which could take a couple of weeks.


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