American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of detaining.
- n. The state or a period of being detained, especially:
- n. A period of temporary custody while awaiting trial.
- n. A period of confinement to a detention home.
- n. A form of punishment by which a student is made to stay after regular school hours.
- n. A forced or punitive delay.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of detaining or keeping back; a withholding or keeping of what belongs to or is claimed by another.
- n. The state of being detained or held back; restraint; confinement.
- n. Forced stoppage; hindrance; delay from necessity or on account of obstacles.
- n. uncountable The act of detaining or the state of being detained.
- n. countable A temporary state of custody or confinement, especially of a prisoner awaiting trial, or of a student being punished.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of detaining or keeping back; a withholding.
- n. The state of being detained (stopped or hindered); delay from necessity.
- n. Confinement; restraint; custody.
- n. a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
- n. a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home
- Middle English detencioun, act of withholding, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin dētentiō, dētentiōn-, from dētentus, past participle of dētinēre, to detain; see detain. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Government need only allege an individual kept in detention, is an Unprivileged Enemy Belligerent suspected of; having engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners; or has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States; its coalition partners; or against U.S. civilians.”
“In its definitions section, the order specifies that the term detention facilities does not include "facilities used only to hold people on a short-term, transitory basis.”
“On August 3, 1992, the day after Roy Gutman's first, highly graphic story on Omarska appeared in Newsday, the State Department deputy spokesman, Richard Boucher, faced reporters and announced that administration officials had not only been aware "that the Serbian forces are maintaining what they call detention centers" but that "abuses and torture and killings [were] taking place.”
“They could not see how this very kind of detention is itself a blight on humanity.”
“Previously Russell Gordon spent 48 hours in detention after breaking a window of a court in Sopot as he was enraged because the judge did nothing to ensure his wife's safety during a court session.”
““Ex” wife phoned the school and was advised by the secretary that he was not being held in detention by any of his teachers.”
“In fact, he was referring to her detention by the government there.”
“And with no long-term detention facility at the ready, they worry about missing chances to gather intelligence from suspects.”
“Although Mr. Obama has said some detainees at Guantanamo will be held indefinitely without trial, the administration remains divided on the issue of long-term detention for future captives.”
“International PEN runs programs to assist writers who are in detention or are imprisoned, as well as education, literacy, library and community access programs across the globe.”
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