de·​tain·​ee | \di-ˌtā-ˈnē, ˌdē-\

Definition of detainee 

: a person held in custody especially for political reasons

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The report cites many instances where medical personal expressed concern or protected the health of the detainees. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "CIA considered potential truth serum for terror suspects," 14 Nov. 2018 Former detainees say the centers are geared towards the erasure of an identity. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: China goes after its Muslim population," 13 Sep. 2018 Many of the detainees were tortured in both Yemeni and Emirati facilities, the report found. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "Detention and torture in Yemeni prisons are war crimes, human rights group says," 11 July 2018 Now a few of the detainees have also been diagnosed with scabies, Kostelnik said. Dennis Romero /, NBC News, "ICE detainee in Southern California prison has chickenpox," 21 June 2018 The Pearsall center has a capacity of 1,900 adults, and many of the detainees are parents who’ve been separated from their children because of the zero-tolerance policy. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, Houston Chronicle, "Some immigrant families have long been allowed to stay together," 20 June 2018 At least four of the detainees have been released in recent days, according to Amnesty International. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "Women's arrests cast doubt on Saudi Crown Prince's reforms," 26 May 2018 Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, are also awaiting the arrival of the former detainees., "Latest News on North Korea Detainees," 20 May 2018 The captures were announced Wednesday on Iraqi state TV, which broadcast images of four of the detainees wearing yellow prisoner jumpsuits. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Five senior ISIS officials captured in U.S.-Iraqi sting operation, reports say," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of detainee

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of detainee

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


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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