- Retention is the act or condition of keeping or containing something.
- An example of retention is a dam holding back a river.
- An example of retention is someone being held in a rehabilitation center.
- An example of retention is memory.
- a retaining or being retained
- power of or capacity for retaining
- a remembering; memory
- ability to remember
- Med. the retaining within the body of matter normally excreted
Origin of retentionMiddle English retencioun ; from Middle French retention ; from Classical Latin retentio
- The act of retaining or the condition of being retained: the retention of nutrients in the soil; the retention of jobs in the city.
- The practice of requiring a student to repeat a class or a year of school because of insufficient educational progress to advance.
- The ability to recall or recognize what has been learned or experienced; memory.
- The inability of a person or animal to eliminate a bodily waste.
Origin of retentionMiddle English retencioun, from Old French retention, from Latin retentiō, retentiōn-, from retentus, past participle of retinēre, to retain; see retain.
- enter into
From Middle English retencioun, from Latin retentiÅ, from retentus, the perfect passive participle of retineÅ (“retain") (from re- (“back, again") + teneÅ (“hold, keep")).