house arrest

noun
confinement of an arrested person to his or her residence or to a public place, as a hospital, instead of in a jail: He was under house arrest until the day of his trial.

Origin:
1935–40

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house arrest
 
n
confinement to one's own home

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house arrest definition


Forcible detention in one's house rather than in a prison. House arrest is used by some nations as a way to silence political dissent without the elaborate trials and criminal proceedings that would bring bad publicity.

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Example sentences
He was placed under effective house arrest for many months and his home village was closed to outsiders.
For this and other courageous public efforts, she has been under house arrest more than once.
She got three years of house arrest and seven years of probation.
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