detainer

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noun de·tain·er \ 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 in a Sentence

  1. keep him in detainer for at least 72 hours

  2. she filed an action for unlawful detainer of land after nonpayment of rent

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Origin and Etymology of detainer

Anglo-French detenour, alteration of detenir


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detainer

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noun de·tain·er \ di-ˈtā-nər \

legal Definition of detainer

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

Origin and Etymology of detainer

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



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