detainee

noun
de·​tain·​ee | \ di-ˌtā-ˈnē How to pronounce detainee (audio) , ˌdē-\

Definition of detainee

: a person held in custody especially for political reasons

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The records show the funds had initially been allocated to feed state and municipal inmates and federal immigration detainees in the Etowah County Jail. Connor Sheets, ProPublica, "How Nine Sheriffs Who Lost Reelection Made Life Harder for Their Successors," 12 June 2019 The records show the funds had initially been allocated to feed state and municipal inmates and federal immigration detainees in the Etowah County Jail. Connor Sheets | Csheets@al.com, al.com, "How Alabama sheriffs who lost reelection made life harder for their successors," 12 June 2019 Asylum seekers say that border officers denied them food, delayed medical treatment, used physical force against them or other detainees and pressured them to sign paperwork that would trigger their return to Mexico. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California: Golden State Killer case's twisted, painful path," 11 June 2019 Others detainees were allowed recreation only three days a week instead of every day. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "Immigrants mistreated in Geo Group detention centers, inspectors find," 10 June 2019 Other detainees who had experienced solitary had similar descriptions. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "ICE Is Holding LGBTQ and Disabled Detainees in Solitary Confinement, Report Says," 23 May 2019 Within weeks of his arrival at the facility, a guard approached him and several other Eritrean detainees with an offer. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018 Noelia also said other detainees advised him not the report the assault. Julie Moreau /, NBC News, "LGBTQ migrants 97 times more likely to be sexually assaulted in detention, report says," 6 June 2018 While Kim Dong Chul has been in North Korean custody since before Trump was elected, the other two detainees were arrested last spring, after Trump's inauguration and as tensions between Washington and Pyongyang were beginning to ramp up. Zachary Cohen And Karl De Vries, CNN, "Trump says 3 Americans held in North Korea have been released," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of detainee

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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detainee

noun

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

detainee

noun
de·​tain·​ee | \ di-ˌtā-ˈnē How to pronounce detainee (audio) \

Legal Definition of detainee

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

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