Meaning of detainee in English:


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  • A person held in custody, especially for political reasons.

    ‘all political detainees were freed in August’
    • ‘Members of the security forces torture, beat and otherwise abuse prisoners and detainees.’
    • ‘The reasons why detainees do not initially seek advice or later cancel a request are likely to be various.’
    • ‘The detainee and the detainer, they cannot deny their common past which they spent in the same boat.’
    • ‘The guard is also charged with later bashing the detainee while handcuffed to a bed.’
    • ‘Last September the Center announced that a detainee had died in Juwaida Prison as a result of torture.’
    • ‘We were able to survive while some other detainees were killed in the prison.’
    • ‘In some cases, Egypt has often refused to acknowledge that detainees are in its custody.’
    • ‘This is in bold print and is intended to draw the detainee's attention to the reasons why he or she is being detained.’
    • ‘Earlier this year it visited two New Jersey jails where most of the detainees are being held.’
    • ‘A Chinese detainee immediately called for a hunger strike, and was beaten as well.’
    • ‘They clash over the treatment and status of detainees held in detention centres.’
    • ‘The detainees remain behind bars pending the government's appeal in October.’
    • ‘Whenever one person is lawfully in the custody of another, the custodian owes a duty of care to the detainee.’
    • ‘If a detainee's family or associates somehow find out about the detention, they cannot publicly comment on it in any way.’
    • ‘If they inform a detainee's family or the media about the detention, they face up to five years in jail.’
    • ‘New laws ensured that those detainees deemed genuine refugees would only get three-year visas.’
    • ‘England said that the tribunals will hear cases from as many as four detainees a day, six days a week.’
    • ‘He has acted and been treated as a normal detainee through much of his sentence.’
    • ‘Some detainees were provided the names of attorneys to call, but with wrong phone numbers.’
    • ‘Several detainees stole a car and attempted to ram it through the centre gates.’
    prisoner, convict, detainee, inmate



/ˌdɪteɪˈniː/ /ˌdiːteɪˈniː/