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 As his campaign gained ground last year, he was arrested and beaten and placed under de facto house arrest. New York Times, "‘Tell Us if He’s Dead’: Abductions and Torture Rattle Uganda," 11 Apr. 2021 There’s nothing like being stalked by a deadly respiratory virus to focus the mind on the things that really matter, nor like losing a year to quasi-house arrest to remind one that life is too short. Steve Vassallo, Forbes, "Party Of Startups," 8 Apr. 2021 The prince, who is the half-brother of King Abdullah, claimed to have been have been placed under effective house arrest. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "Jordan bans social media chatter on royal family drama as king tries to draw line under crisis," 6 Apr. 2021 Deputy District Attorney Cally Bright argued for Voss to remain in custody, saying the house arrest conditions would not necessarily prevent Voss from getting behind the wheel of a car. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man accused of DUI crash that killed 3 homeless men to be put under house arrest," 30 Mar. 2021 Suu Kyi spent nearly 15 years under house arrest between July 1989 and November 2010 for her efforts to end military rule. George Petras, USA Today, "Up close: Applause for Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi turned to criticism," 20 Mar. 2021 Mehta released Meggs to pretrial house arrest with no firearms; no access to computers, smartphones or tablets; and no contact with other Oath Keepers, except her husband. Washington Post, "Two more tied to Proud Boys hit with conspiracy charges in Jan. 6 Capitol breach," 20 Mar. 2021 Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said in a statement that there was no need to remove the teen off house arrest. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Teen arrested in Cleveland carjacking spree recently released from house arrest for previous carjacking case, records show," 12 Mar. 2021 Already on house arrest after being released from jail last year because of coronavirus concerns, Almena was ordered to serve the rest of his term under electronic monitoring, followed by three years of probation. Fox News, "California Ghost Ship warehouse founder gets nine years in prison in inferno that killed 36," 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of house arrest

1810, in the meaning defined above

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“House arrest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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