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Detention

detention 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



Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.