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Meaning & Definition of Retention in English

English

Retention

/ritɛnʃən/

noun

1. The act of retaining something

    synonym:
  • retention
  • ,
  • keeping
  • ,
  • holding

2. The power of retaining and recalling past experience

  • "He had a good memory when he was younger"
    synonym:
  • memory
  • ,
  • retention
  • ,
  • retentiveness
  • ,
  • retentivity

3. The power of retaining liquid

  • "Moisture retentivity of soil"
    synonym:
  • retentiveness
  • ,
  • retentivity
  • ,
  • retention

Examples of using

The stages of psychosexual development—oral, anal, phallic, latent, and genital—turn out to be one big Freudian slip, betraying severe anal retention on the part of the taxonomist.