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 Meng -- whose extradition hearing is currently ongoing -- has been held under house arrest in Vancouver since 2018. James Griffiths, CNN, "Court dates set for two Canadians detained in China on espionage charges," 17 Mar. 2021 Meng Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, has been on house arrest in Vancouver since Dec. 2018. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s extradition fight moves to yet another jurisdiction," 26 Feb. 2021 Christian remains in jail without bond but Vile was released on his own recognizance for violating the terms of his previous house arrest, records show. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Four arrested, guns and drugs seized in probation sweep in Broward County," 19 Dec. 2020 The Justice Department is in talks with lawyers for a top Chinese tech executive under house arrest in Canada to resolve U.S. criminal fraud charges in a case that has strained Beijing’s relations with Ottawa and Washington. Washington Post, "U.S. in talks to resolve criminal fraud charges against Huawei executive," 4 Dec. 2020 As of press time, Ren Zhengfei's daughter was under house arrest in Vancouver, fighting extradition to the US for allegedly violating a ban against trading with Iran. Steven Levy, Wired, "Huawei, 5G, and the Man Who Conquered Noise," 16 Nov. 2020 Under house arrest, a troubled youth is unsure if his neighbor is really a serial killer or if his suspicions are the result of a captive and overactive imagination. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘My Fair Lady’; ‘Marry Poppins’," 19 Mar. 2021 Wine was kept under house arrest for days after the election and is still prevented from engaging openly with his supporters. Washington Post, "Stories of torture emerge as Uganda releases Bobi Wine supporters," 12 Mar. 2021 But the remainder of the nine-year prison sentence could be served via house arrest with a GPS monitor, according to a news release from the Alameda County District Attorney's office. Stella Chan, Sarah Moon And Christina Maxouris, CNN, "'Ghost Ship' leaseholder is sentenced to 12 years for warehouse fire that killed 36 people," 9 Mar. 2021

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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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