- Detention is defined as the state of being confined or delayed somewhere, or kept after school for punishment.
- 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 definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English detencioun ; from Old French detention ; from Classical Latin detentio ; from detentus, past participle of detinere: see detain
detention definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act of detaining.
- The state or a period of being detained, especially:a. A period of temporary custody while awaiting trial.b. A period of confinement to a detention home.c. A form of punishment by which a student is made to stay after regular school hours.
- A forced or punitive delay.
Origin: Middle English detencioun, act of withholding, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin dētentiō, dētentiōn-, from dētentus, past participle of dētinēre, to detain; see detain.
detention - Legal Definition