detainee

noun de·tain·ee \ di-ˌtā-ˈnē , ˌdē- \

Definition of detainee

:a person held in custody especially for political reasons

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First Known Use of detainee

circa 1928


DETAINEE Defined for English Language Learners

detainee

noun

Definition of detainee for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is being kept in a prison especially for political reasons : a person who is being detained


Law Dictionary

detainee

noun de·tain·ee \ di-ˌtā-ˈnē \

legal Definition of detainee

:a person who is detained; especially :a person held in custody prior to trial or hearing


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