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English definition of “protective custody”

protective custody

noun [U] uk   us  
a safe place, sometimes prison, where someone is kept by the police for their own safetyProtection and protectorsEnvironmental issuesPrisons and parts of prisons
(Definition of protective custody from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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