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[kuh n-fahyn-muh nt] /kənˈfaɪn mənt/
the act of confining.
the state of being confined.
the lying-in of a woman in childbed; accouchement; childbirth.
Military. incarceration in a guardhouse or prison while awaiting trial or as a punishment (distinguished from arrest).
Origin of confinement
1640-50; confine + -ment; compare French confinement
Related forms
nonconfinement, noun
postconfinement, noun
preconfinement, noun
self-confinement, noun
semiconfinement, noun Unabridged
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  • Some of the problems with giant confinement systems are obvious.
  • The alternatives to over-structured activity are confinement in an apartment or playing in traffic.
  • Some say the stress of confinement can turn them violent.
  • Three volunteers agree to spend a week in solitary confinement.
  • confinement alone doesn't mean an animal is automatically worse off.
  • It's all done without government subsidies, cost-sharing, nutrient management plans or confinement livestock systems.
  • They were disproportionately held in disciplinary lockdown and often in solitary confinement.
  • Some told harrowing tales of their confinement for weeks under heavy artillery fire.
  • Organic standards forbid the continuous confinement of beef cattle on feedlots.
  • In prisons, solitary confinement is used as punishment.
British Dictionary definitions for confinement


the act of confining or the state of being confined
the period from the onset of labour to the birth of a child
(physics) another name for containment (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for confinement

1590s, from French confinement (16c.; the Old French word was confinacion), from confiner (see confine). As a euphemism for "childbed" it dates from 1774 (the Middle English expression was Our Lady's bands).

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confinement in Medicine

confinement con·fine·ment (kən-fīn'mənt)

  1. The act of restricting or the state of being restricted in movement.

  2. Lying-in.

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