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See also: rétention
- The act of retaining or something retained
- c. 1601–1602, William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or VVhat You VVill”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene iv], page 95:
- No woman's heart / So big, to hold so much; they lack retention.
- The act or power of remembering things
- A memory; what is retained in the mind
- (medicine) The involuntary withholding of urine and faeces
- (medicine) The length of time an individual remains in treatment
- (obsolete) That which contains something, as a tablet; a means of preserving impressions.
- 1609, William Shakespeare, “Sonnet 122”, in Shake-speares Sonnets. […], London: By G[eorge] Eld for T[homas] T[horpe] and are to be sold by William Aspley, OCLC 216596634:
- Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain
Full character’d with lasting memory,
That poor retention could not so much hold,
Nor need I tallies thy dear love to score;
- (obsolete) The act of withholding; restraint; reserve.
- c. 1601–1602, William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or VVhat You VVill”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i], page 79:
- His life I gave him, and did thereto add / My love without retention or restraint,
- (obsolete) A place of custody or confinement.
- (law) The right to withhold a debt, or of retaining property until a debt due to the person claiming the right is duly paid; a lien.
- 1754, John Erskine of Carnock, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
- The right of retention, which bears a near resemblance to compensation, is chiefly competent where the mutual debts, not being liquid, cannot be the ground of compensation
the act of retaining or something retained
the act or power of remembering things; memory
the involuntary withholding of urine and faeces
right to withhold a debt
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