- a person or thing that detains
Origin of detainerAnglo-French detener, infinitive used as noun from Old French detenir: see detainLaw
- the unlawful withholding of land or goods from the rightful owner
- the detention of a person without the person's consent
- a writ for continuing to hold a person already in custody
- The withholding of property from its rightful owner.
- The holding of a person in custody, especially under a writ authorizing continued custody for the purposes of making the person available to other authorities to answer other charges.
detainer - Legal Definition