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detention

[dih-ten-shuh n] /dɪˈtɛn ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of detaining.
2.
the state of being detained.
3.
maintenance of a person in custody or confinement, especially while awaiting a court decision.
4.
the withholding of what belongs to or is claimed by another.
adjective
5.
of or relating to detention or used to detain:
the detention room of a police station.
Origin of detention
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin dētentiōn- (stem of dētentiō), equivalent to dētent(us) detained (past participle of dētinēre; see detain) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nondetention, noun
predetention, noun
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  • We had good passages out and home, experiencing no detention or accidents.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • His detention was doubtless irregular, for by law he should have been sent beyond the seas.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude
  • That done, he resorted to measures for La Boulaye's detention.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • He had a warrant authorising her detention in a home for chronic inebriates.

    The Missionary George Griffith
  • detention, most courteously arranged, while the Ambassador was communicated with.

British Dictionary definitions for detention

detention

/dɪˈtɛnʃən/
noun
1.
the act of detaining or state of being detained
2.
  1. custody or confinement, esp of a suspect awaiting trial
  2. (as modifier): a detention order
3.
a form of punishment in which a pupil is detained after school
4.
the withholding of something belonging to or claimed by another
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dētentiō a keeping back; see detain
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Word Origin and History for detention
n.

mid-15c., from Middle French détention (13c.), from Late Latin detentionem (nominative detentio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin detinere (see detain). Sense of "confinement" used by 1570s (in reference to Mary Queen of Scots). In reference to school punishment, recorded from 1882.

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