De*ten"tion (?), n. [L. detentio: cf. F. d'etention. See Detain.]
The act of detaining or keeping back; a withholding.
The state of being detained (stopped or hindered); delay from necessity.
Confinement; restraint; custody.
The archduke Philip . . . found himself in a sort of honorable detention at Henry's court.
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