Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 781 (Retention)

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#781. Retention.-- N. retention; retaining &c. v.; keep, detention, custody; tenacity, firm hold, grasp, gripe, grip, iron grip.

fangs, teeth, claws, talons, nail, unguis, hook, tentacle, tenaculum; bond &c. (vinculum) 45.

clutches, tongs, forceps, pincers, nippers, pliers, vice.

paw, hand, finger, wrist, fist, neaf[obs], neif[obs].

bird in hand; captive &c.754.

V. retain, keep; hold fast one's own, hold tight one's own, hold fast one's ground, hold tight one's ground; clinch, clench, clutch, grasp, gripe, hug, have a firm hold of.

secure, withhold, detain; hold back, keep back; keep close; husband &c. (store) 636; reserve; have in stock, have on hand, keep in stock &c. (possess) 777; entail, tie up, settle.

Adj. retaining &c. v.; retentive, tenacious.

unforfeited[obs], undeprived, undisposed, uncommunicated.

incommunicable, inalienable; in mortmain[Fr]; in strict settlement.

Phr. uti possidetis[Lat].