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detainer

[ dih-tey-ner ]
/ dɪˈteɪ nər /
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noun Law.
a writ for the further detention of a person already in custody.
the wrongful detaining or withholding of what belongs to another.
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Origin of detainer

1610–20; <Anglo-French detener (noun use of infinitive), variant of Old French detenir;see detain

OTHER WORDS FROM detainer

pre·de·tain·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for detainer

detainer
/ (dɪˈteɪnə) /

noun law
the wrongful withholding of the property of another person
  1. the detention of a person in custody
  2. a writ authorizing the further detention of a person already in custody

Word Origin for detainer

C17: from Anglo-French detener (n), from detener to detain
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