De*tain"er (?), n.

1.

One who detains.

2. Law (a)

The keeping possession of what belongs to another; detention of what is another's, even though the original taking may have been lawful

. Forcible detainer is indictable at common law. (b)

A writ authorizing the keeper of a prison to continue to keep a person in custody.

 

© Webster 1913.

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