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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
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  • One complication was that hundreds of children were among the immigrant detainees.
  • Earlier this month, three detainees committed suicide in the camp.
  • detainees alleged, however, that throughout their detention period the timing of the prayer schedule was inaccurate.
  • One of my fellow detainees had told me that once a longer coat arrived for me, my own one would be shredded.
  • As detainees, they cannot step outside the motel without an escort or receive visitors who have not been approved.
  • The detainees, he remarked, seem grateful for the medical attention.
  • detainees may seal their outgoing letters and place them in the provided receptacle.
  • In his mind, the detainees are being treated in a safe and humane way.
Word Origin and History for detainees



1928, from detain + -ee.

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