house arrest


Definition of house arrest

: confinement often under guard to one's house or quarters instead of in prison

Examples of house arrest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When brought before the emperor, Valentine refused to renounce his faith and as punishment was placed under house arrest. Simon Maina, National Geographic, "Valentine's Day wasn't always about love," 12 Feb. 2020 The executives were let out of prison in December but remain under house arrest. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "'We don't like it': State Department doesn't want Erik Prince and Rudy Giuliani talking to Venezuela," 13 Jan. 2020 The Washington Post said Epstein was placed under house arrest at his Palm Beach waterfront estate after he was released from county jail. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Did Sarah Ferguson also stay friends with Jeffrey Epstein after his first jail stint?," 11 Sep. 2019 Cosby has been on house arrest at his home in Cheltenham since a Montgomery County jury found the 80-year-old guilty of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand. Laura Mccrystal,, "Bill Cosby parts ways with lawyers as sentencing looms," 14 June 2018 Since he was charged with manslaughter, Lyle has been living in Miami on house arrest with an ankle monitor. Washington Post, "Judge: Actor awaiting road rage trial can’t go to Mexico," 22 Jan. 2020 Dulos and his ex-girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, were released on bond after their charges this month, and will remain under house arrest with ankle monitors. Faith Karimi And Sheena Jones, CNN, "Jennifer Dulos told nanny husband tried to run her over two years ago before she vanished, search warrant says," 16 Jan. 2020 The Joplin Globe reports West is being held under house arrest with an ankle monitor. Steve Helling,, "Behavioral Therapist at Autism Center Accused of Sexual Encounters with Teen Student," 27 Dec. 2019 Haas ordered Riffle to remain on house arrest with a GPS ankle monitor during his probation, submit to regular drug and alcohol testing and serve 100 hours of community service. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cleveland man who threatened prosecutor, judge gets probation," 16 Dec. 2019

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1810, in the meaning defined above

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“House arrest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of house arrest

law : the condition of being forced to stay in your home rather than in prison as a form of punishment

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