protective custody


protective custody
noun (U) a situation in which the police make you stay somewhere to protect you from other people

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • protective custody — see custody c Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. protective custody …   Law dictionary

  • Protective custody — is a type of imprisonment (or care) to protect a prisoner (or other person) from harm, either from outside sources or other prisoners. Prison usageIn a prison context, protective custody is used mainly in the following cases:*Those who are at… …   Wikipedia

  • protective custody — pro.tective custody n [U] a situation in which the police make you stay somewhere to protect you from people who could harm you in/into protective custody ▪ The children were taken into protective custody …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • protective custody — N UNCOUNT If a witness in a court case is being held in protective custody, they are being kept in prison in order to prevent them from being harmed. They might be doing me a good turn if they took me into protective custody …   English dictionary

  • protective custody — detention of a person by the police solely as protection against a possible attack or reprisal by someone. [1935 40] * * * proˌtective ˈcustody [protective custody] noun uncountable the state of being kept in prison for your own safety …   Useful english dictionary

  • protective custody —    arbitrary imprisonment    The pretence is that the victims are incarcerated to prevent any harm befalling them:     Shutzhaft (Protective Custody) a catch all word whereby men, women and children disappeared and were never seen again.… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • protective custody — pro,tective custody noun uncount a situation in which the police keep someone in a place where they will not be harmed by other people …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • protective custody — detention of a person by the police solely as protection against a possible attack or reprisal by someone. [1935 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • protective custody — imprisonment of a person for his protection …   English contemporary dictionary

  • protective custody — noun the detention of a person for their own protection …   English new terms dictionary


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