Origin of retention
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- the act of retaining or state of being retained
- the capacity to hold or retain liquid
- the capacity to remember
- pathol the abnormal holding within the body of urine, faeces, etc, that are normally excreted
- commerce a sum of money owed to a contractor but not paid for an agreed period as a safeguard against any faults found in the work carried out
- (plural) accounting profits earned by a company but not distributed as dividends; retained earnings
Word Origin for retention
C14: from Latin retentiō, from retinēre to retain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
late 14c., from Latin retentionem (nominative retentio) "a retaining, a holding back," noun of action from past participle stem of retinere (see retain). Originally medical; mental sense is from late 15c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Involuntary withholding by the body of wastes or secretions that are normally eliminated.
- The holding by the body of what normally belongs in it, such as food in the stomach.
- An ability to recall or recognize what has been learned or experienced; memory.
- In dentistry, a period following orthodontic treatment when a patient wears an appliance or appliances to stabilize the teeth in their new position.
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