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retention (n.)

late 14c., from Latin retentionem (nominative retentio) "a retaining, a holding back," noun of action from past participle stem of retinere (see retain). Originally medical; mental sense is from late 15c.

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Definitions of retention from WordNet

retention (n.)
the act of retaining something;
Synonyms: keeping / holding
retention (n.)
the power of retaining and recalling past experience;
Synonyms: memory / retentiveness / retentivity
retention (n.)
the power of retaining liquid;
Synonyms: retentiveness / retentivity
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