Definition of detainment in English:



  • See detain

    • ‘Apparently referring to detainment of suspected enemy combatants, he said the law reminds him of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.’
    • ‘I spoke against the detainment of political prisoners, so they detained me and made me a political prisoner.’
    • ‘Clearly the police have unique powers of arrest and detainment which no civilian should be able to imitate.’
    • ‘How did the mayor justify the arrest and prolonged detainment of these individuals?’
    • ‘The search resulted in the detainment of three insurgents who remain in custody.’