What does the word retention mean?

Usage examples for retention

  1. The tariff worked to the advantage of many people, and its retention was insistently demanded by them; the internal revenue taxes were disliked, and few things were more popular after the war than their reduction. – The United States Since The Civil War by Charles Ramsdell Lingley
  2. The retention of some of them by the actual settlers might be accidental, but they appear much as if scattered at random over the paper. – Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast by Samuel Adams Drake

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