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Retention, the power of keeping or confining, as well as that which keeps or confines; 1) the power or means of preserving impressions: that poor r. (viz a table-book) “could not so much hold,” Sonn. 122, 9. “no woman's heart so big to hold so much; they lack r.” Tw. II, 4, 99. 2) reserve, restraint: “my love, without r. or restraint,” Tw. V, 84. 3) confinement, custody: “to send the king to some r. and appointed guard,” Lr. V, 3, 47.
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