house arrest


Definition of house arrest

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

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Gingerich, 19, is now living under house arrest with his mother in Fort Wayne. Robert King, Indianapolis Star, "Paul Henry Gingerich: Another birthday for a boy in prison," 17 Feb. 2015 As part of the three defendants’ release, they were ordered to remain on house arrest and to wear ankle monitors. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "'Extremist Muslim' compound suspects awaiting expected release," 15 Aug. 2018 In addition, her driver’s license was suspended and she was placed on house arrest. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "An Ohio Teen Has Been Charged With Homicide After Crashing Her Tesla on the Way to Prom," 16 July 2018 Liu Xia, the widow of China’s Nobel peace laureate, Liu Xiaobo, was freed from house arrest and allowed to fly to Germany. The Economist, "Politics this week," 12 July 2018 The last time China let a high-profile political prisoner leave was in 2012, when blind activist Chen Guangcheng was allowed to fly to New York after escaping from house arrest and hiding for six days in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Gerry Shih And Kirsten Grieshaber,, "China lets Nobel Prize winner's widow go to Berlin after long house arrest," 10 July 2018 Pastor Andrew Brunson's lawyer renewed an appeal on Tuesday for Brunson’s release from house arrest and for his travel ban to be lifted. Fox News, "Court rejects appeal for American pastor's release from detention, Turkish media says," 15 Aug. 2018 Cunningham applied and was approved for serving out his sentence under house arrest while equipped with a 24/7 GPS device. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 He was sentenced in July to three months house arrest. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Most US, Canadian fraternities ordered to ban hard alcohol from frat parties following pledge deaths," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of house arrest

1810, in the meaning defined above

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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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