house arrest


Definition of house arrest

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

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Overnight on August 4th-5th phone lines and internet access in the valley of Kashmir were cut and the leaders of its political parties were put under house arrest. The Economist, "India abruptly ends the last special protection enjoyed by Kashmir," 6 Aug. 2019 How ironic that elected representatives like us who fought for peace are under house arrest., "Kashmir, nexus of conflict between nuclear antagonists India and Pakistan, faces crackdown, plunges into fear," 5 Aug. 2019 Mufti and Omar Abdullah – as well as politician Sajjad Lone were placed under house arrest. Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times, "India revokes Kashmir’s limited autonomy, raising tension in a long-turbulent region," 5 Aug. 2019 The move followed a tense night when Indian authorities put prominent politicians under house arrest in Srinagar, Kashmir’s capital, and cut off mobile and Internet services to the Himalayan region without explanation. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "India revokes special status of Kashmir, putting tense region on edge," 5 Aug. 2019 Both men performed security detail in a local government building that contains a courtroom and Gretna City Hall, and Rispoli recently worked as part of a program that supervised people placed under house arrest. Anchorage Daily News, "Two police officers fired for Facebook post that suggested Ocasio-Cortez should be shot," 23 July 2019 In the wake of June 4, Zhao Ziyang lost his job and was put under house arrest. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, "Li Peng, Chinese premier during Tiananmen massacre, dies at 91," 23 July 2019 Meng remains under house arrest in Vancouver while fighting extradition to the US in a Canadian court. Steven Jiang, CNN, "Chinese Australian writer facing possible charges after six months in China jail," 18 July 2019 He was taken into custody in January last year and kept under house arrest for 11 months until a court order ended his detention in November. Fox News, "US-wanted terror suspect blamed for 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 arrested in Pakistan," 18 July 2019

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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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