in·​mate | \ ˈin-ˌmāt How to pronounce inmate (audio) \

Definition of inmate

: any of a group occupying a single place of residence especially : a person confined (as in a prison or hospital)

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During that time in a men's prison — a cruel yet common experience for many transgender inmates —, Manning was put in solitary confinement over a suicide attempt for 14 days. Marci Robin, Allure, "How to Support Incarcerated Trans People, Including Chelsea Manning," 31 Mar. 2019 Tennessee gives death-row inmates the option of the electric chair. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "Tennessee Death-Row Inmates Demand Execution by Firing Squad," 6 Nov. 2018 Death Penalty The Supreme Court is also sure to hear cases in future terms from death row inmates seeking stays of execution. Hannah Fingerhut, The Christian Science Monitor, "Poll: Americans have relatively high confidence in Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 Since 2016, lawyers representing Florida death row inmates sentenced under the old law have argued for new sentencing hearings. Marc Freeman,, "Man who beat Boca mom to death in 1984 denied new hearing over death penalty," 26 June 2018 The Last Defense on ABC This new Viola Davis–produced documentary series will take a hard look at the American justice system through the stories of two death row inmates. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Here’s What to Watch This Summer on TV," 21 May 2018 During Kitzhaber's second year as governor, death row inmate Douglas Wright had dropped his appeals. Special To The Oregonian,, "In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning," 5 May 2018 There’s one in particular that has caught her interest, from an inmate who isn’t up for parole until 2021. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "The Awakening of Kim Kardashian West," 10 Apr. 2019 These are the words of an inmate serving a life sentence for murder in a South Carolina state prison, who had a big need for cellphone service. Sherri A. Lydon, WSJ, "Let States Jam Prison Cellphones," 3 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of inmate

1609, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of inmate

: a person who is kept in a prison or mental hospital


in·​mate | \ ˈin-ˌmāt How to pronounce inmate (audio) \

Kids Definition of inmate

: a person confined in an institution (as a hospital or prison)


in·​mate | \ ˈin-ˌmāt How to pronounce inmate (audio) \

Medical Definition of inmate

: one of a group occupying a single place of residence especially : a person confined (as in a psychiatric hospital) especially for a long time

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in·​mate | \ ˈin-ˌmāt How to pronounce inmate (audio) \

Legal Definition of inmate

: a person confined in an institution (as a prison or hospital)

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