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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Detention  \De*ten"tion\,  n.  [L.  detentio:  cf  F.  d['e]tention. 
  See  {Detain}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  detaining  or  keeping  back  a  withholding. 
 
  2.  The  state  of  being  detained  (stopped  or  hindered);  delay 
  from  necessity. 
 
  3.  Confinement;  restraint;  custody. 
 
  The  archduke  Philip  .  .  .  found  himself  in  a  sort  of 
  honorable  detention  at  Henry's  court.  --Hallam. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  detention 
  n  1:  a  state  of  confinement  (usually  for  a  short  time;  "the 
  prisoner  is  on  hold";  "he  is  in  the  custody  of  police") 
  [syn:  {hold},  {custody}] 
  2:  restraint  of  a  person's  liberty  [syn:  {confinement}] 
  3:  the  act  of  delaying  [syn:  {delay},  {holdup}] 




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