Detainer
Detainer De*tain"er (-[~e]r), n. 1. One who detains. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) (a) The keeping possession of what belongs to another; detention of what is another's, even though the original taking may have been lawful. Forcible detainer is indictable at common law. (b) A writ authorizing the keeper of a prison to continue to keep a person in custody. [1913 Webster]


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  • detainer — de·tain·er /di tā nər/ n [Anglo French detenoure, from detenir to restrain, detain, from Old French, from Latin detinere] 1: the act of keeping something in one s possession; specif: unlawful detainer 2: detention in custody 3: a …   Law dictionary

  • Detainer — (from detain, Latin detinere); in law, the act of keeping a person against his will, or the wrongful keeping of a person s goods, or other real or personal property. A writ of detainer was a form for the beginning of a personal action against a… …   Wikipedia

  • detainer — one who detains, 1530s, agent noun from DETAIN (Cf. detain). As a legal term, a detaining in one s possession, from 1610s, from Anglo Fr. detener, from O.Fr. detenir (noun use of infinitive) …   Etymology dictionary

  • detainer — [dē tān′ər, ditān′ər] n. 1. a person or thing that detains 2. [Anglo Fr detener, inf. used as n. < OFr detenir: see DETAIN] Law a) the unlawful withholding of land or goods from the rightful owner b) the detention of a person without the… …   English World dictionary

  • detainer — The act (or the juridical fact) of withholding from a person lawfully entitled the possession of land or goods, or the restraint of a man s personal liberty against his will; detention. The wrongful keeping of a person s goods is called an… …   Black's law dictionary

  • detainer — The act (or the juridical fact) of withholding from a person lawfully entitled the possession of land or goods, or the restraint of a man s personal liberty against his will; detention. The wrongful keeping of a person s goods is called an… …   Black's law dictionary

  • detainer — The act of withholding land from the rightful owner; the restraint of a person without his consent. See forcible detainer; unlawful detainer …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • detainer — detain ► VERB 1) keep from proceeding; delay. 2) keep in official custody. DERIVATIVES detainer noun detainment noun. ORIGIN Latin detinere keep back …   English terms dictionary

  • detainer — noun Etymology: Anglo French detenour, alteration of detenir Date: 1619 1. the act of keeping something in one s possession; specifically the withholding from the rightful owner of something that has lawfully come into the possession of the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • detainer — /di tay neuhr/, n. Law. 1. a writ for the further detention of a person already in custody. 2. the wrongful detaining or withholding of what belongs to another. [1610 20; < AF detener (n. use of inf.), var. of OF detenir; see DETAIN] * * * …   Universalium

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