con·​fine·​ment | \ kən-ˈfīn-mənt How to pronounce confinement (audio) \

Definition of confinement

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Phillips’s subjects have their moments of monstrosity, making desperate decisions, picking fights, raging against their confinement. Joanna Scutts, The New Republic, 20 June 2022 Schulte has filed more than sixty official challenges to the conditions of his confinement. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 Packed into their crowded dorms with little to do except await test results, employees smoked, played video games, complained about their confinement while exchanging stories about colleagues cracking under pressure. Fortune, 27 May 2022 Due to the Cheez-Its confinement in the same room as other low-rent stuff like the TV and romance novels, my father and I developed sneaky rituals around them. Bon Appétit, 20 Apr. 2022 Dixon's lawyers also filed a federal lawsuit protesting several conditions of his confinement since the execution warrant was issued and he was moved to another cell where he is observed around the clock and has limited access to personal property. Jacques Billeaud, The Arizona Republic, 16 Apr. 2022 The drama of their confinement eventually leads to an epic climax that will change the family forever. cleveland, 28 Mar. 2022 Rendered in white marble, the sculpture portrays a woman tied up with ropes, straining against her confinement. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Mar. 2022 Images of the flowers grown in her garden—which supporters brought to her daily during her confinement, sometimes wrapped in the day’s newspaper to sneak news to her—were projected across the American Florentine villa. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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28 Jun 2022

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“Confinement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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con·​fine·​ment | \ kən-ˈfīn-mənt How to pronounce confinement (audio) \

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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