Definition of preventive detention in US English:

preventive detention


  • The imprisonment of a person with the aim of preventing them from committing further offenses or of maintaining public order.

    • ‘That option is administrative detention, also known as preventive detention, or internment.’
    • ‘The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the constitutionality of provisions authorizing preventive detention for the purpose of protecting public safety.’
    • ‘The right of appeal is critical to any preventive detention policy, especially for U.S. citizen detainees.’
    • ‘It made it more likely that people convicted of particularly heinous offences will get preventive detention.’
    • ‘The third element is that the range of offences for which preventive detention can be imposed has been widened.’