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[dih-tey-ner] /dɪˈteɪ nər/
noun, Law.
a writ for the further detention of a person already in custody.
the wrongful detaining or withholding of what belongs to another.
Origin of detainer
1610-20; < Anglo-French detener (noun use of infinitive), variant of Old French detenir; see detain
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predetainer, noun Unabridged
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noun (law)
the wrongful withholding of the property of another person
  1. the detention of a person in custody
  2. a writ authorizing the further detention of a person already in custody
Word Origin
C17: from Anglo-French detener (n), from detener to detain
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Word Origin and History for detainer

"one who detains," 1530s, agent noun from detain. As a legal term, "a detaining in one's possession," from 1610s, from Anglo-French detener, from Old French detenir (noun use of infinitive).

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