Re*ten"tion (?), n. [L. retentio: cf. F. r'etention. See Retain.]

1.

The act of retaining, or the state of being ratined.

2.

The power of retaining; retentiveness.

No woman's heart So big, to hold so much; they lack retention. Shak.

3.

That which contains something, as a tablet; a of preserving impressions.

[R.]

Shak.

4.

The act of withholding; retraint; reserve.

Shak.

5.

Place of custody or confinement.

6. Law

The right of withholding a debt, or of retaining property until a debt due to the person claiming the right be duly paid; a lien.

Erskine. Craig.

Retention cyst Med., a cyst produced by obstruction of a duct leading from a secreting organ and the consequent retention of the natural secretions.

 

© Webster 1913.

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