- When you are locked up in prison for a short period of time as punishment, this is an example of detention.
- When you are made to stay after school because you did something wrong, this is an example of detention.
Detention is defined as the state of being confined or delayed somewhere, or kept after school for punishment.
- a detaining or being detained; specif.,
- a keeping in custody; confinement
- an enforced delay
- a form of punishment in which a student is required to stay after school
Origin of detentionMiddle English detencioun ; from Old French detention ; from Classical Latin detentio ; from detentus, past participle of detinere: see detain
- The act of detaining.
- The state or a period of being detained, especially:a. A period of temporary custody while awaiting trial.b. A holding of a person in custody or confinement by authorities for political or military reasons.c. A form of punishment by which a student is made to stay after regular school hours.
Origin of detentionMiddle English detencioun, act of withholding, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin dētentiō, dētentiōn-, from dētentus, past participle of dētinēre, to detain; see detain.
(countable and uncountable, plural detentions)
From Middle French détention.
detention - Legal Definition
The act of keeping an individual imprisoned or in custody.preventive detention
The holding in custody of an accused criminal or mentally ill individual who is deemed to be a threat to him- or herself or to others, or to represent a flight risk.