What does detention mean?

Definitions for detention
dɪˈtɛn ʃənde·ten·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. detention, detainment, hold, custody(noun)

    a state of being confined (usually for a short time)

    "his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police"

  2. detention(noun)

    a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home

    "the detention of tardy pupils"

Wiktionary

  1. detention(Noun)

    The act of detaining or the state of being detained.

  2. detention(Noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detention(noun)

    the act of detaining or keeping back; a withholding

    Etymology: [L. detentio: cf. F. dtention. See Detain.]

  2. Detention(noun)

    the state of being detained (stopped or hindered); delay from necessity

    Etymology: [L. detentio: cf. F. dtention. See Detain.]

  3. Detention(noun)

    confinement; restraint; custody

    Etymology: [L. detentio: cf. F. dtention. See Detain.]

Freebase

  1. Detention

    Detention is the process when a state, government or citizen lawfully holds a person by removing their freedom of liberty at that time. This can be due to criminal charges being raised against the individual as part of a prosecution or to protect a person or property. Being detained does not always result in being taken to a particular area, either for interrogation, or as punishment for a crime. The term can also be used in reference to the holding of property, for the same reasons. The process of detainment may or may not have been preceded or followed with an arrest. The prisoners in Guantánamo Bay are for example referred to as "detainees". Detainee is a term used by certain governments and their military to refer to individuals held in custody, such as those it does not classify and treat as either prisoners of war or suspects in criminal cases. It is used to refer to "any person captured or otherwise detained by an armed force." More generally, it is "someone held in custody." Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that, "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile." In wars between nations, detainees are referenced in the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Detention

    de-ten′shun, n. act of detaining: state of being detained: confinement: delay.—n. Detent′, something to check motion: a catch, esp. in a clock or watch. [See Detain.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of detention in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of detention in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of detention in a Sentence

  1. Alvaro Huerta:

    This is an incredibly important case not only for the thousands of people who go through CBP processing every day -- we're going to see their treatment improve dramatically, but I think it's incredibly important because this sets constitutional minimums for the way people in detention should be treated, so we hope and expect that this is going to have ramifications beyond Tucson Sector.

  2. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson:

    I have reached the conclusion that we must make substantial changes in our detention practices with respect to families with children, in short, once a family has established eligibility for asylum or other relief under our laws, long-term detention is an inefficient use of our resources and should be discontinued.

  3. High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein:

    Taheri's multiple convictions on a variety of vague charges, his alleged detention in solitary confinement and now his sentencing to death bring into stark focus serious issues with the administration of justice and the terribly worrying use of the death penalty in Iran, for an individual to be sentenced to death for peaceful exercise of freedom of expression, religion or belief is an absolute outrage -- and a clear violation of international human rights law.

  4. Ravi Ragbir:

    We have told them how disruptive this is and the fact that the families, the loved ones, have to be in detention for two more months is very traumatic for their families.

  5. Chrystia Freeland:

    Canada is deeply concerned by the detention of Mr. Canadian Michael Kovrig and Canada has raised the case directly to Chinese officials.

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