See also: rétention


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From Middle English retencioun, from Latin retentiō, from retentus, the perfect passive participle of retineō ‎(retain) (from re- ‎(back, again) + teneō ‎(hold, keep)).


retention ‎(plural retentions)

  1. The act of retaining or something retained
  2. The act or power of remembering things
  3. A memory; what is retained in the mind
  4. (medicine) The involuntary withholding of urine and faeces
  5. (obsolete) That which contains something, as a tablet; a means of preserving impressions.
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  6. (obsolete) The act of withholding; restraint; reserve.
  7. (obsolete) A place of custody or confinement.
  8. (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.
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