halfway house


Definition of halfway house

1a : a place to stop midway on a journey
b : a halfway place in a progression
2 : a residence for individuals after release from institutionalization (as for mental illness, drug addiction, or criminal activity) that is designed to facilitate their readjustment to private life

Examples of halfway house in a Sentence

The car is the perfect halfway house between a family caravan and luxury sedan.
Recent Examples on the Web The Advisory Neighborhood Commission has allocated $6,000 for legal advice and $35,000 for a study of the halfway house’s impact, according to commission meeting minutes. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2020 Dorothy’s house, shingled a muted gray-blue, is down the street from a halfway house and 450 feet away from Lepper Brook, a stream that flows to the mouth of the Salmon River, and from there to the Bay of Fundy. Katherine Laidlaw, Wired, 9 Sep. 2021 And because of budget cuts, the four sisters are sent away from their Lackawanna convent and reassigned to run a halfway house in Rhode Island. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 2 Sep. 2021 This adds credence to the concept of natural gas as a halfway house between fossil and renewable energies. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 Grant was released to a halfway house in June, 2007, after fourteen months in prison. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 In April of that year, McGookey ordered him to report to the Lake Erie Community Correctional Center, a private corrections facility that serves as a halfway house and transitional control program for men. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, 9 July 2021 The 29-year-old fugitive, whose name has not been released, apparently left a federal halfway house in Virginia and was wanted on a probation violation. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 12 July 2021 She was released to a halfway house last month, but her lawyers have asked Biden to commute the rest of her sentence and issue a pardon. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 July 2021

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First Known Use of halfway house

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of halfway house was in 1694

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9 Oct 2021

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“Halfway house.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halfway%20house. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of halfway house

: a place where people who have recently left a prison, mental hospital, etc., can live until they are considered ready to live by themselves
: something that combines the qualities or features of two different things

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half·​way house | \ ˈhaf-ˈwā-, ˈhȧf- How to pronounce halfway house (audio) \

Medical Definition of halfway house

: a center for individuals after institutionalization (as for mental illness or drug addiction) that is designed to facilitate their readjustment to private life

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Legal Definition of halfway house

: a residence for formerly institutionalized individuals (as mental patients, drug addicts, or convicts) that is designed to facilitate their readjustment to private life

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