false imprisonment

noun Law.
the unlawful restraint of a person from exercising the right to freedom of movement.

Origin:
1760–70

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false imprisonment
 
n
law the restraint of a person's liberty without lawful authority

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Example sentences
Rumour has it that he is a former soldier, bent on revenge for false
  imprisonment, and that he chooses his targets carefully.
Despite a brief time period, this is actionable as false imprisonment.
She cited the potential for lawsuits for false imprisonment as one example.
False imprisonment requires proof of two more elements than kidnapping.
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