• synonyms

preventive detention

  1. the holding of someone in jail or in an institution because he or she is regarded as a danger to the community.
  2. English Law. imprisonment of habitual criminals for periods ranging from 5 to 14 years during which they are given corrective training or placed under psychiatric and medical care.
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Origin of preventive detention

First recorded in 1905–10
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