- a writ for the further detention of a person already in custody.
- the wrongful detaining or withholding of what belongs to another.
Origin of detainer
Examples from the Web for detainer
It also helps if your party opponent is seriously flawed (as Joe Miller, detainer of pesky journalists, proved himself to be).To Hell With the Activists
November 17, 2010
What a daily loss this detainer must have been to the proprietors!Early Western Travels, 1748-1846, Volume XII
A detainer signifies a writ, by means of which a prisoner, once arrested, may be detained at the suit of any other creditor.Ten Thousand a-Year (Vol. 2)
These suits usually took the shape of trespass and forcible entry and detainer.The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier
Charles E. Flandrau
They also have original jurisdiction in forcible entry and detainer proceedings.The Philippines Past and Present (Volume 2 of 2)
Dean Conant Worcester
If undue force is used, the landlord would be liable to an action for forcible entry and detainer.The Government Class Book
Andrew W. Young
- the wrongful withholding of the property of another person
- the detention of a person in custody
- a writ authorizing the further detention of a person already in custody
Word Origin and History for detainer
"one who detains," 1530s, agent noun from detain. As a legal term, "a detaining in one's possession," from 1610s, from Anglo-French detener, from Old French detenir (noun use of infinitive).