Definition of Detention

1. Noun. A state of being confined (usually for a short time). "He is in the custody of police"

Exact synonyms: Custody, Detainment, Hold
Generic synonyms: Confinement
Derivative terms: Detain, Hold

2. Noun. A punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home. "The detention of tardy pupils"
Generic synonyms: Penalisation, Penalization, Penalty, Punishment
Derivative terms: Detain

Definition of Detention

1. n. The act of detaining or keeping back; a withholding.

Definition of Detention

1. Noun. The act of detaining or the state of being detained. ¹

2. Noun. A temporary state of custody or confinement, especially of a prisoner awaiting trial, or of a student being punished. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Detention

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Detention

detector coil
detector van
detention basin
detention camp
detention cell
detention centre
detention centres
detention home
detention homes
detention house

Literary usage of Detention

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench: With by Great Britain Court of King's Bench, George Mifflin Wharton (1845)
"The plea therefore is altogether indefinite as to the period of detention ; and the proof of any detention, even fur a single moment, after the return, ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"Detinue <g=>7,22—Formal demand not necessary except to convert lawful possession into unlawful detention; whether demand made held for jury. ..."

3. Prison Conditions in Japan by Joanna Weschler (1995)
"POLICE Detention Under the Japanese Code of Criminal Procedure, a suspect apprehended by police must be brought before a judge within seventy-two hours of ..."

4. The Social Welfare Forum: Official Proceedings [of The] Annual Meeting by Conference of Charities and Correction (U.S.), National Conference on Social Welfare, American Social Science Association, National Conference of Social Work (U.S.) (1892)
"In a former report to the Conference by a committee of which the writer was chairman, the subject of the commitment and detention of the insane was ..."

5. A Treatise on the Law of Crimes by William Lawrence Clark, William Lawrence Marshall (1900)
"Unlawfulness of Detention. To constitute a false imprisonment, the detention must be unlawful. In other words, it must be without sufficient lawful author- ..."

6. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1901)
"It seems difficult to base a distinction on the Idea that if the wrongful detention originated with deceased the action rests on his tort, ..."

Other Resources:

Search for Detention on!Search for Detention on!Search for Detention on Google!Search for Detention on Wikipedia!