Definition for DE-TEN'TION

DE-TEN'TION, n. [See Detain.]

  1. The act of detaining; a withholding from another his right; a keeping what belongs to another, and ought to be restored. – Blackstone.
  2. Confinement; restraint; as, detention in custody.
  3. Delay from necessity; a detaining; as, the detention of the mail by bad roads.

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