Definition of preventive detention in English:

Share this entry

preventive detention


The imprisonment of a person with the aim of preventing them from committing further offenses or of maintaining public order.
Example sentences
  • The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the constitutionality of provisions authorizing preventive detention for the purpose of protecting public safety.
  • That option is administrative detention, also known as preventive detention, or internment.
  • The right of appeal is critical to any preventive detention policy, especially for U.S. citizen detainees.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pre·ven·tive de·ten·tion

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.