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detention

noun

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1 the state of being held in lawful custody
  • he's been in detention since the arrest

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2 an instance or period of being prevented from going about one's business
  • the detention at the airport security checkpoint was brief, but because he was running late, it caused him to miss his flight

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The first known use of detention was in the 15th century

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“Detention.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/detention. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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