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noun Law.
  1. a writ for the further detention of a person already in custody.
  2. 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
Related formspre·de·tain·er, noun
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noun law
  1. 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
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Word Origin

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

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