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Meaning of DETENTION

Pronunciation:  di'tenshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home; "the detention of tardy pupils"
  2. [n]  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"
 

DETENTION is a 9 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: custody, hold
 
 See Also: confinement, penalisation, penalization, penalty, punishment

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

 
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