added in API level 1


public abstract @interface Retention
implements Annotation


Indicates how long annotations with the annotated type are to be retained. If no Retention annotation is present on an annotation type declaration, the retention policy defaults to RetentionPolicy.CLASS.

A Retention meta-annotation has effect only if the meta-annotated type is used directly for annotation. It has no effect if the meta-annotated type is used as a member type in another annotation type.


Public methods

RetentionPolicy value()

Returns the retention policy.

Inherited methods

Public methods


public RetentionPolicy value ()

Returns the retention policy.

RetentionPolicy the retention policy