Detain vs Detainable - What's the difference?

detain | detainable |


As a verb detain

is keep (someone) from proceeding by holding them back or making claims on their attention.

As an adjective detainable is

capable of being detained.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

detain

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • Keep (someone) from proceeding by holding them back or making claims on their attention.
  • To put under custody.
  • To keep back or from; to withhold.
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • Detain not the wages of the hireling.

    detainable

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Capable of being detained.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2009, date=September 26, author=The Associated Press, title=Kuwaiti Ordered Released From Guantánamo Bay, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=He was sent to Guantánamo in 2002, and Judge Kollar-Kotelly found that from the beginning of his stay, “there is no evidence in the record that anyone directed any allegations toward al-Rabiah nor any indication that interrogators believed al-Rabiah had engaged in any conduct that made him lawfully detainable .” }}