[ US /dɪˈtɛnʃən/ ]
[ UK /dɪtˈɛnʃən/ ]
  1. a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
    he is in the custody of police
    his detention was politically motivated
    the prisoner is on hold
  2. a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home
    the detention of tardy pupils
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How To Use detention In A Sentence

  • The police had a good defence to the claims in false imprisonment and unlawful detention. Times, Sunday Times
  • The detention of at least two of the three lawyers in recent days appears to be linked to recent developments regarding the blind, self-taught legal activist Chen Guangcheng.
  • The convention allows for lawful detention of children for the shortest possible period of time and as a matter of last resort.
  • The shell-shocked stowaway was discovered running around the immigration detention centre at Manchester Airport after a flight from Jamaica.
  • Little protest as to unlawful detention, the necessity of charges, et cetera. THE LAST RAVEN
  • Français · Azerbaïdjan: Deux militants pour la jeunesse et blogueurs, frappés et placés en détention Global Voices in English » Azerbaijan: Youth activists and bloggers beaten and detained
  • He also worked as a counselor at a juvenile correctional detention centre.
  • Even though he had been sentenced to detention, the authorities did not have to send Joe to prison.
  • The resolution refers specifically to detention centres and humanitarian aid.
  • At most, it might be called investigative detention which does not require cautioning a person or advising him or her of a right to retain and instruct counsel.
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