detainer

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noun de·tain·er \di-ˈtā-nər\

Definition of detainer

  1. 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. 2 :  detention in custody

  3. 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

Origin and Etymology of detainer

Anglo-French detenour, alteration of detenir


First Known Use: 1619


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detainer

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noun de·tain·er \di-ˈtā-nər\

Legal Definition of detainer

  1. 1 :  the act of keeping something in one's possession; specifically :  unlawful detainer

  2. 2 :  detention in custody

  3. 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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