American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of confining or the state of being confined.
- n. Lying-in.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being confined; restraint within limits; any restraint of liberty by force or other obstacle or necessity; hence, imprisonment.
- n. Restraint from going abroad by sickness, specifically by childbirth; the lying-in of a woman: as, her approaching confinement. Synonyms Imprisonment, etc. See
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Restraint within limits; imprisonment; any restraint of liberty; seclusion.
- n. Restraint within doors by sickness, esp. that caused by childbirth; lying-in.
- n. the act of keeping something within specified bounds (by force if necessary)
- n. concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child
- n. the act of restraining of a person's liberty by confining them
- n. the state of being confined
- confine + -ment (Wiktionary)
“By doing so, DDWS has been able to save people even before they were subjected to long term confinement and forced labor.”
“One of the major reasons for its confinement is the challenge of teaching how to live -- or, as my experience in CPE would suggest, supporting and challenging people as they learn it themselves.”
“Why don't we do something about the big white-person threat by rounding up white people who seem suspicious and keeping them in confinement?”
“The petitioner has to demonstrate that his/her current confinement is contrary to law.”
“The only positive aspect of solitary confinement is that it gives you time to think.”
“In fact, according to the terms of his plea deal, Khadr will serve only eight more years in confinement -- one in Gitmo's Camp 5, and seven more in Canada, provided Canada accepts the United States 'request to transfer him a year from now.”
“Ghailani was apparently forced to divulge Abebe's identity while in confinement with terrorists linked to the September 11, 2001 attacks.”
“To see why this is a bad argument, consider the steps by which the Court held that Congress has the power to keep sexually dangerous child pornographers in confinement: The Constitution explicitly gives Congress the power to regulate interstate commerce.”
“If the judge orders a hearing after reading the writ, the prisoner gets to argue that his confinement is illegal.”
“Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been held in confinement for 13 of the past 19 years.”
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