detentive

adjective
de·​ten·​tive | \ -entiv \

Definition of detentive

: having the function of detaining

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History and Etymology for detentive

from detention, after English retention: retentive

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“Detentive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/detentive. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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