- a writ for the further detention of a person already in custody.
- the wrongful detaining or withholding of what belongs to another.
- the wrongful withholding of the property of another person
- the detention of a person in custody
- a writ authorizing the further detention of a person already in custody
“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).