detainer

noun

de·​tain·​er di-ˈtā-nər How to pronounce detainer (audio)
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 in a Sentence

keep him in detainer for at least 72 hours she filed an action for unlawful detainer of land after nonpayment of rent
Recent Examples on the Web He was arrested again in 2018 by the Montgomery County Police Department and charged with crimes related to making a false statement to a peace officer and obstruction, and another detainer request was made by ICE. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 4 Feb. 2024 Those numbers only reflect unlawful detainer cases and don’t include evictions that took place outside the court system, meaning the true total is almost certainly higher. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2024 That same day, ERO Washington, D.C. issued an immigration detainer on the Honduran national with the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center (FFXADC) in Fairfax, Virginia. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 7 Nov. 2023 Botz hiked rents, in some cases by 100%, when the covenant expired in 2018, and 18 families have received unlawful detainer notices, a legal precursor to eviction, according to Jacob Woocher, an organizer with the L. A. Tenants Union representing some of the residents facing eviction. Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2023 He was arrested on allegations of criminal mischief in the first degree, escape in the third degree and a probation detainer. The Oregonian, oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2023 The suspect was also being held Friday on an immigration and customs detainer at the Chester County Prison, the same facility where Cavalcante broke free from, Barry County Sheriff Danny Boyd told NBC News. David K. Li, NBC News, 22 Sep. 2023 Hence, the leading parties of the ILC filed an unlawful detainer case alleging that Marilyn was in violation of the eviction notice. Diane Bell, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2023 The second suspect now also has a detainer for the Alabama charges. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 30 June 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Anglo-French detenour, alteration of detenir

First Known Use

1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of detainer was in 1619

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Cite this Entry

“Detainer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/detainer. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

detainer

noun
de·​tain·​er di-ˈtā-nər How to pronounce detainer (audio)
1
: the act of keeping something in one's possession
specifically : unlawful detainer
2
: detention in custody
3
: a notification sent by a prosecutor, judge, or other official advising a prison official that a prisoner is wanted to answer criminal charges and requesting continued detention of the prisoner or notification of the prisoner's impending release compare extradition
Etymology

Anglo-French detenoure, from detenir to restrain, detain, from Old French, from Latin detinere

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