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Dictionary Definition

retention

Noun

1 the act of keeping in your possession [syn: keeping, holding]
2 the power of retaining and recalling past experience; "he had a good memory when he was younger" [syn: memory, retentiveness]
3 the power of retaining liquid; "moisture retentivity of soil" [syn: retentiveness, retentivity]

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English

Etymology

From retentionem (accusative of retentio).

Noun

  1. The act of retaining or something retained
  2. the act or power of remembering things; memory
  3. The involuntary withholding of urine and faeces

Translations

The act of retaining or something retained
the act or power of remembering things; memory
The involuntary withholding of urine and faeces
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Extensive Definition

Retention can have the following meanings:
  • Retention basin, instance retaining (e.g. water in the ground)
  • In learning: it is the ability to retain facts and figures in memory (spaced repetition)
  • Grade retention, in schools, keeping a student in the same grade for another year (that is, not promoting the student to the next higher grade with his/her classmates)
  • Retention period, in Usenet, the time a news server holds a newsgroup posting before deleting it as no longer relevant
  • Judicial retention, in the United States court system, a process whereby a judge is periodically subject to a vote in order to remain in the position of judge
  • Urinary retention, the lack of ability to urinate
retention in French: Rétention

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