Scottish law. The right which the possessor of a
movable has, of holding the same until he shall be satisfied for his claim
either against such movable or the owner of it; a lien.
2. The right of retention is of two kinds, namely, special or general.
1. Special retention is the right of withholding or retaining property of goods
which are in one s possession under a contract, till indemnified for the labor
or money expended on them. 2. General retention is the right to withhold or
detain the property of another, in respect of any debt which happens to be due
by the proprietor to the person who has the custody; or for a general balance
of accounts arising on a particular train of employment. 2 Bell s Com. 90, 91,
5th ed. Vide Lien.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition