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Meaning of RETENTION

Pronunciation:  ri'tenshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of keeping in your possession
  2. [n]  the power of retaining liquid; "moisture retentivity of soil"
  3. [n]  the power of retaining and recalling past experience; "he had a good memory when he was younger"

RETENTION is a 9 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: holding, keeping, memory, retentiveness, retentiveness, retentivity
 See Also: anamnesis, faculty, impermeability, impermeableness, mental faculty, module, ownership, possession, recollection, remembrance, storage, urinary retention, withholding



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Re*ten"tion\, n. [L. retentio: cf. F. r['e]tention.
See {Retain}.]
1. The act of retaining, or the state of being ratined.

2. The power of retaining; retentiveness.

         No woman's heart So big, to hold so much; they lack
         retention.                            --Shak.

3. That which contains something, as a tablet; a ???? of
   preserving impressions. [R.] --Shak.

4. The act of withholding; retraint; reserve. --Shak.

5. Place of custody or confinement.

6. (Law) The right of withholding a debt, or of retaining
   property until a debt due to the person claiming the right
   be duly paid; a lien. --Erskine. Craig.

{Retention cyst} (Med.), a cyst produced by obstruction of a
   duct leading from a secreting organ and the consequent
   retention of the natural secretions.