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NOUN (2)

1. a state of being confined (usually for a short time);
- Example: "his detention was politically motivated"
- Example: "the prisoner is on hold"
- Example: "he is in the custody of police"
[syn: detention, detainment, hold, custody]

2. a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home;
- Example: "the detention of tardy pupils"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Detention \De*ten"tion\, n. [L. detentio: cf. F. d['e]tention. See Detain.] 1. The act of detaining or keeping back; a withholding. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being detained (stopped or hindered); delay from necessity. [1913 Webster] 3. Confinement; restraint; custody. [1913 Webster] The archduke Philip . . . found himself in a sort of honorable detention at Henry's court. --Hallam. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

detention n 1: a state of being confined (usually for a short time); "his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police" [syn: detention, detainment, hold, custody] 2: a punishment in which a student must stay at school after others have gone home; "the detention of tardy pupils"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

109 Moby Thesaurus words for "detention": afterthought, apprehension, arrest, arrestation, arrestment, bind, block, blockage, blocking, bureaucratic delay, captivity, check, clogging, close arrest, closing up, closure, confinement, constriction, cramp, custody, deceleration, delay, delayage, delayed reaction, detainment, double take, drag, dragging, durance, durance vile, duress, ease-off, ease-up, fixation, flagging, foot-dragging, halt, hampering, hang-up, hindering, hindrance, holdback, holdup, house arrest, immuration, immurement, impediment, imprisonment, incarceration, inhibition, interference, interim, internment, interruption, jailing, jam, lag, lagging, let, letdown, letup, logjam, minus acceleration, moratorium, nab, negativism, nuisance value, obstruction, obstructionism, occlusion, opposition, paperasserie, pause, pickup, pinch, red tape, red-tapeism, red-tapery, repression, reprieve, resistance, respite, restraint, restriction, retardance, retardation, retardment, setback, slack-up, slackening, slow-up, slowdown, slowing, slowing down, slowness, slowup, squeeze, stay, stay of execution, stop, stoppage, stranglehold, stricture, suppression, suspension, term of imprisonment, tie-up, time lag, wait
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

DETENTION. The act of retaining a person or property, and preventing the removal of such person or property. 2. The detention may be occasioned by accidents, as, the detention of a ship by calms, or by ice; or it may, be hostile, as the detention of persons or ships in a foreign country, by order of the government. In general, the detention of a ship does not change the nature of the contract, and therefore, sailors will be entitled to their wages during the time of the detention. 1 Bell's Com. 517, 519, 5th ed.; Mackel. Man. Sec. 210. 3. A detention is legal when the party has a right to the property, and has come lawfully into possession. It is illegal when the taking was unlawful, as is the case of forcible entry and detainer, although the party may have a right of possession; but, in some, cases, the (retention may be lawful, although the taking may have been unlawful. 3 Penn. St. R. 20. When the taking was legal, the detention may be illegal; as, if one borrow a horse, to ride from A to B, and afterwards detain him from the owner, After demand, such detention is unlawful, and the owner may either retake his property, or have an action of replevin or detinue. 1 Chit. Pr. 135. In some cases, the detention becomes criminal although the taking was lawful, as in embezzlement.