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incarceration

[in-kahr-suh-rey-shuh n] /ɪnˌkɑr səˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of incarcerating, or putting in prison or another enclosure:
The incarceration rate has increased dramatically.
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Examples from the web for incarceration
  • If the problem with marijuana stopped at the incarceration of street.
  • And raising the incarceration rate means locking up people who are, on average, less dangerous than the ones already behind bars.
  • In a sense, they nursed the church through its long incarceration.
  • The world may be getting wired, but prison officials say logging on is incompatible with incarceration.
  • Indeed, education spending may reduce the need for incarceration.
  • Their incarceration rate is seven times the national average.
  • The penalty for sale and profit is a revolving court system and incarceration for minimal time, eg.
  • incarceration is the right solution for some people because it will be a deterrent.
  • Reduce incarceration costs and overcrowding in prisons.
  • The plaintiffs were asking either to be allowed out on parole or to have the conditions of their incarceration changed.
Word Origin and History for incarceration
n.

early 15c., "retention of pus," from Medieval Latin incarcerationem (nominative incarceratio), noun of action from past participle stem of incarcerare "to imprison," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + carcer "prison, an enclosed space," from Proto-Italic *kar-kr(o)-, of uncertain origin.

It seems best to connect carcer with other IE words for 'circle, round object', such as Latin. curvus, Gr. κιρκος 'ring', OIc. hringr, although not all of these have a good IE etymology. The reduplication in Latin carcer could be iconic; thus, the original meaning would have been 'enclosure'. [de Vaan]

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