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Definition of RETENTION

2 definitions found:

Retention \Re*ten"tion\, n. [L. retentio: cf. F. r['e]tention. See {Retain}.]
     1. The act of retaining, or the state of being ratined. [1913 Webster]

     2. The power of retaining; retentiveness.
        [1913 Webster]

              No woman's heart
              So big, to hold so much; they lack retention.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. That which contains something, as a tablet; a ???? of preserving impressions. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     4. The act of withholding; retraint; reserve. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     5. Place of custody or confinement.
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     6. (Law) The right of withholding a debt, or of retaining property until a debt due to the person claiming the right be duly paid; a lien. --Erskine. Craig. [1913 Webster]

     {Retention cyst} (Med.), a cyst produced by obstruction of a duct leading from a secreting organ and the consequent retention of the natural secretions. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

63 Moby Thesaurus words for "retention": abnegation, adhesiveness, bullheadedness, camera-eye, cohesiveness, consistency, contradiction, declension, declination, declinature, declining, denial, deprivation, disagreement, disallowance, disclaimer, disclamation, disobedience, dissent, eidetic memory, gluiness, glutinosity, gumminess, holding back, memory span, nay, negation, negative, negative answer, nix, no, nonacceptance, noncompliance, nonconsent, nonobservance, obstinacy, persistence, persistency, photographic memory, recantation, refusal, rejection, repudiation, retentive memory, retentiveness, retentivity, snugness, stick-to-itiveness, stickiness, stubbornness, tackiness, tenaciousness, tenacity, thumbs-down, tightness, total memory, total recall, toughness, turndown, unwillingness, viscidity, viscosity, withholding

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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