detention

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See also: détention

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French détention, from Latin detentio, detentionem.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈtɛnʃən/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

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detention (countable and uncountable, plural detentions)

  1. (uncountable) The act of detaining or the state of being detained.
  2. (countable) A temporary state of custody or confinement.
    1. (law) Confinement of a prisoner awaiting trial.
    2. (pedagogy) A punishment given to a student for a minor infraction, typically requiring the student to report to a designated room during recess or outside of school hours to work on homework or perform busywork.
      be stuck in detention
  3. (civil law) The bare physical control without the mental element of intention required for possession.

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  • (punishment given to a student for a minor infraction): DT, jug (Roman Catholicism)

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Noun[edit]

detention c (singular definite detentionen, plural indefinite detentioner)

  1. detention

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