false imprisonment


Definition of false imprisonment

: imprisonment of a person contrary to law

Examples of false imprisonment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each has been charged with kidnapping and aggravated robbery, each punishable by up to life in prison; first-degree battery, punishable by up to 20 years; and first-degree false imprisonment, punishable by up to 10 years. Steven Mross, Arkansas Online, 21 Apr. 2022 Andre Lane, 51, had been found guilty in October of false imprisonment, robbery with a deadly weapon, robbery, conspiracy, second-degree assault and theft over $1,500 related to an April 25, 2019, incident in Westminster. Madison Bateman, Baltimore Sun, 20 Apr. 2022 Tasha Rockow, 32, was charged in September 2021 with chronic child neglect resulting in death, and false imprisonment in the death of her son, 6-year-old Hank F. Brown-Rockow. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Apr. 2022 The suspect, Enben Moodley, 40, is charged with child abuse and false imprisonment, according to the Collier County Sheriff's Office. David Aaro, Fox News, 22 Feb. 2022 Their 37-year-old daughter, Lennys Olguin, faces four counts of willful child cruelty, two counts of false imprisonment, and one count each of inflicting injury on a child and dissuading a witness, the records show. Gregory Yeestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 On Wednesday, authorities arrested David Fahey, 62, at his property in Johnson County and charged him with four counts of felony cruelty to children and three counts of felony false imprisonment. Johnny Edwards, ajc, 3 Mar. 2022 Casper was charged with six counts of false imprisonment. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, 1 Mar. 2022 Jose Antonio Ramirez, 33, was found guilty of simple battery, battery, theft by taking, false imprisonment and first-degree burglary. Matt Bruce, ajc, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of false imprisonment

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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5 May 2022

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“False imprisonment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/false%20imprisonment. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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Legal Definition of false imprisonment

: the tort of intentionally restraining another by physical force or the threat of physical force without privilege or authority — see also false arrest at arrest

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