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.