Definition of detainer in US English:



  • 1The action of detaining or withholding property.

    • ‘The creditor later secured a judgment against the bankrupt for the unlawful detainer of the property so purchased.’
    • ‘Actual breaches of the peace include riotous and unlawful assemblies, riots, affrays, forcible entry and detainer, etc.’
    • ‘His company checks for past rental or mortgage nonpayment, unlawful detainers, delinquent consumer debt, and income sources.’
    1. 1.1 The detention of a person in custody.
      • ‘Section 18 requires an intention to do grievous bodily harm or an intent to resist or prevent the lawful apprehension or detainer or any person.’
      • ‘First D must maliciously wound or cause grievous bodily harm and, secondly, he must do so with an ulterior intent either to cause grievous bodily harm or to resist or prevent the lawful apprehension or detainer of any person.’
      • ‘But there is an alternative fault element: ‘with intent to prevent the lawful apprehension or detainer of any person’.’
      • ‘Finally, female clients were more likely to be released from the facility outright, either after completing a detainer sentence or posting bond.’
      jailer, guard, incarcerator, custodian, keeper, enslaver
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    2. 1.2 An order authorizing the continued detention of a person in custody.
      • ‘Thus, subjects not released to supervision and subjects with a detainer were not included in our analyses.’
      • ‘The return to a writ of habeas corpus ad subjiciendum must be indorsed on or annexed to the writ and must state all the causes of the detainer of the person.’
  • 2A person who detains someone or something.

    • ‘To engage any detainer in such useless, if not dangerous, dialogue only enables a captor to spend more time with the detainee.’
    • ‘The detainee and the detainer, they cannot deny their common past which they spent in the same boat.’
    prison officer, warder, prison warder, wardress, prison wardress, warden, prison warden, guard, prison guard, keeper, incarcerator, captor, sentry
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Early 17th century: from Anglo-Norman French detener ‘detain’ (used as a noun), variant of Old French detenir (see detain).