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 Method Summary

Returns the retention policy.

Inherited Method Summary

Public Methods

public RetentionPolicy value ()

Returns the retention policy.

  • the retention policy