de·ten·tion n
1: the act or fact of detaining or holding back; esp: a holding in custody
2: the state of being detained; esp: a period of temporary custody prior to a trial or hearing see also preventive detention

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun arrest, captivity, circumscription, committal, commitment, confinement, constraint, control, custodia, custodianship, custody, detainment, durance vile, fetter, guardianship, immuration, immurement, impoundment, imprisonment, incarceration, internment, keeping, keeping back, keeping in, keeping in custody, legal restraint, limitation, preventive custody, prison, protective custody, quarantine, restraint, restriction, restriction on movement, retentio associated concepts: detention facility, detention of property, illegal detention, lawful detention, preventive detention foreign phrases:
- Furtum non est ubi inttium habet detentions per dominium rel. — It is not theft where the commencement of the detention arises through the consent of the owner.
II index apprehension (act of arresting), bondage, captivity, check (bar), commitment (confinement), constraint (imprisonment), custody (incarceration), delay, durance, fetter, halt, hindrance, incarceration, restraint

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

holding a person against his will. Normally this is a tort or delict, but certain statutes authorise the police and other authorities to do this. For example, in the immigration law a person may be detained on arrival into the UK, for administrative removal or following a deportation decision. If an appeal has been lodged against a deportation order, the appellant may be detained pending the hearing of the appeal.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

n. The act of keeping an individual imprisoned or in custody.
@ preventive detention
Italian The holding in custody of an accused criminal or mentally ill individual who is deemed to be a threat to him- or herself or to others, or to represent a flight risk.
n. A confinement of an accused person pending trial, under terms of a statute authorizing denial of bail to defendants charged with having committed certain offenses and/or are considered to be a danger to themselves or to the public at large.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

The act of keeping back, restraining, or withholding, either accidentally or by design, a person or thing.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

The act of keeping back, restraining, or withholding, either accidentally or by design, a person or thing.

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