Definition of detention in English:

detention

Line breaks: de¦ten|tion
Pronunciation: /dɪˈtɛnʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

[mass noun]

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'withholding of what is claimed or due'): from late Latin detentio(n-), from Latin detinere 'hold back' (see detain).

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