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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Confinement to one's quarters, rather than prison, by administrative or judicial order: a prisoner under house arrest.

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  • n. The situation where a person is confined, by the authorities, to his or her residence, possibly with travel allowed but restricted. Used as a lenient alternative to prison time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. confinement to your own home


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  • Sirasa reports that Dayananda Dissanayake, the election commissioner has been placed under house arrest, BBC reports its worse - but no one really knows … Surely one thing is for sure; parents won't send their kids to school tomorrow.



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