- a person held in custody, especially for a political offense or for questioning.
Origin of detainee
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Examples from the Web for detainee
In November 2002, a detainee who had been held partially nude and chained to the floor died, apparently from hypothermia.
During one session, detainee Abu Zubaydah became “completely unresponsive with bubbles rising through his open full mouth.”
One detainee was bent over for a rectal feeding that involved Ensure, the protein shake.
In one case a detainee was dragged naked along the dirt floor.
It no longer looks at whether a detainee is affiliated with al Qaeda.A Navy Lawyer Cries Foul on Gitmo’s Kafkaesque Legal System
September 26, 2014
Whether this object has been attained or not is judged by the life and habits of the detainee on discharge.The Vagrancy Problem.
William Harbutt Dawson
Word Origin and History for detainee
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