detainer

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de·tain·er

noun \di-ˈtā-nər\

Definition of DETAINER

1
:  the act of keeping something in one's possession; specifically :  the withholding from the rightful owner of something that has lawfully come into the possession of the holder
2
:  detention in custody
3
:  a writ authorizing the keeper of a prison to continue to hold a person in custody

Examples of DETAINER

  1. <keep him in detainer for at least 72 hours>
  2. <she filed an action for unlawful detainer of land after nonpayment of rent>

Origin of DETAINER

Anglo-French detenour, alteration of detenir
First Known Use: 1619

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