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[dih-tey-nee, dee-tey-nee] /dɪˈteɪ ni, ˌdi teɪˈni/
a person held in custody, especially for a political offense or for questioning.
1925-30; detain + -ee Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • Other forms included the detainee being fastened in a groove upon a table on his or her back.
  • Yet no one in the administration ever told the commission of the existence of videotapes of detainee interrogations.
  • If a detainee so much as raises his head, he is threatened or clobbered.
  • He begins to doubt this description, but his bosses are convinced that the detainee is withholding vital information.
  • The way to fix it is to reward the operators on the basis of throughput rather than detainee-days.
  • Hence, also, the urgent need for a coherent detainee policy.
  • But there is something not right about shaking down the detainee in this situation.
  • Yeah human rights shouldn't be violated and detainee must be treated as humanely as possible.
  • Another detainee said his head was slammed against a pillar repeatedly.
  • But some officers are concerned a detainee could still break through.
Word Origin and History for detainee

1928, from detain + -ee.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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