con·fine·ment | \kən-ˈfīn-mənt \

Definition of confinement 

: an act of confining : the state of being confined solitary confinement especially : lying-in

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Examples of confinement in a Sentence

The dog was kept in confinement until it was determined to be healthy. He remained with his wife during her confinement.

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The request to the high court came in the case of a Connecticut man named Almighty Supreme Born Allah who was arrested on drug charges in 2010 and was held in solitary confinement for nearly a year before his trial. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "Advocates From Left and Right Ask Supreme Court to Revisit Immunity Defense," 11 July 2018 Reneau was sentenced to 15 years, with five years to be served in confinement, the release said. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Ex-Georgia police officer pleads guilty to stealing money, weapons," 13 July 2018 However, Mueller’s new filing, if accurate, reveals that the Manafort version of solitary confinement comes with certain amenities. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Paul Manafort’s solitary confinement includes a personal laptop, phone, shower, and workroom," 11 July 2018 Below the corporate echelons of immigrant confinement are dozens of nonprofits that run shelters for families and children. Mark Collette, Joshua Fechter And Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "Companies earn billions to shelter immigrant children," 29 June 2018 These places of temporary confinement housed those who would be walked, in iron shackles to ships for transport. Washington Post, "Documenting the slave trade past of Baltimore, and Homewood," 28 June 2018 Since his extradition to New York in January, Guzman has repeatedly complained about his conditions of confinement. Tom Hays, The Seattle Times, "Judge considers change of venue for ‘El Chapo’ trial," 26 June 2018 These places of temporary confinement housed those who would be walked, in iron shackles to ships for transport. Jacques Kelly,, "Documenting the slave trade past of Baltimore, and Homewood," 23 June 2018 For the first time in his life sentence imprisonment, Al-Amin was placed in general population, out of solitary confinement. Obaid H. Siddiqui, The Root, "The Unofficial Gag Order of Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown): 16 Years in Prison, Still Not Allowed to Speak," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of confinement

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for confinement

borrowed from Middle French, from confiner "to confine entry 2" + -ment -ment

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The first known use of confinement was in 1592

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English Language Learners Definition of confinement

: the act of confining someone or something : the state of being confined

: the time when a woman is giving birth to a baby


con·fine·ment | \kən-ˈfīn-mənt \

Medical Definition of confinement 

: an act of confining : the state of being confined especially : lying-in



Legal Definition of confinement 

1 : the act of confining

2 : the state of being confined

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