Definition of detainee in English:


Line breaks: de|tain¦ee
Pronunciation: /ˌdɪteɪˈniː
, ˌdiː-/


  • A person held in custody, especially for political reasons: all political detainees were freed in August
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    • Members of the security forces torture, beat and otherwise abuse prisoners and detainees.
    • The reasons why detainees do not initially seek advice or later cancel a request are likely to be various.
    • The detainee and the detainer, they cannot deny their common past which they spent in the same boat.

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