Definition of confinement in English:



  • 1The action of confining or state of being confined.

    ‘he was immediately released from his confinement’
    • ‘What is more, the validity of the continued confinement depends upon the persistence of such a disorder.’
    • ‘We do not rely primarily on preventive confinement - the incarceration of a person in anticipation of what he will do in the future.’
    • ‘He feels that [the patient] does not cope well with confinement and being in close proximity to people he believes are more seriously ill than her.’
    • ‘When detained immigrants do find lawyers, confinement makes the detainees more difficult to represent.’
    • ‘Additionally, horses entered by the trainer within 30 days of the violation may be subject to confinement in a detention barn on race days at the expense of the trainer or the horses' owners.’
    • ‘A married couple were detained in the same prison, but in separate confinement, for a period of about two months.’
    • ‘Thus, the Board may only direct the prisoner's release if satisfied that his confinement is no longer necessary for the protection of the public.’
    • ‘Unlawful confinement involves a physical restraint, contrary to the wishes of the person restrained.’
    • ‘Obviously, such behavior is no basis for compelled treatment and surely none for confinement.’
    • ‘When a person has been duly convicted of a crime carrying a jail term, confinement is automatically authorized.’
    • ‘In my judgment the fact that there are mandatory requirements for release, which affect the Secretary of State, does not affect the legal basis of a prisoner's confinement, namely the length of sentence imposed by the court.’
    • ‘In other words, it is said he should have concluded that the circumstantial evidence was not capable of supporting such an inference and as such there was no evidence of an act of confinement which would support the committal.’
    • ‘In fact, seldom will confinement, detention be the better course to adopt.’
    • ‘I've had the unenjoyable task of escorting chained prisoners from confinement to trial to prison.’
    • ‘But is not the place and manner of confinement of a prisoner under sentence a matter wholly for the Executive?’
    • ‘Needless to say, the ex-detainee himself had no clue as to the reasons behind his arrest and confinement.’
    • ‘Some of those concerned were prosecuted as offenders, others were not: a great deal depended on individual circumstances, the nature of the referring agency, and the availability of funds to pay for such confinement.’
    • ‘Also listed as ‘problem areas’ were lack of police accountability, overcrowded prisons and confinement of children in substandard or abusive correctional facilities.’
    • ‘There is no external scrutiny of their use, no limit on the length of time a detainee can spend there, and no way for detainees to appeal against their confinement.’
    • ‘If incarceration is necessary, then the defence submits that upper reformatory confinement is adequate penalty.’
    penning, caging, locking up, walling in, walling up, enclosure, encirclement, surrounding, encompassment
    imprisonment, internment, incarceration, custody, captivity, detention, restraint, arrest, house arrest
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  • 2dated The condition of being in childbirth.

    ‘the pros and cons of home versus hospital confinement’
    [count noun] ‘my grandmother's last six confinements’
    • ‘Application for maternity benefits must be made at least eight weeks before confinement, or within six months of the birth of the child.’
    • ‘A confinement of six weeks used to apply to new mothers and I am a firm believer in the benefits of this enforced rest.’
    • ‘The churching ceremony in medieval Europe followed the lying-in period, or confinement.’
    • ‘Mother had given her a beautifully embroidered pocket, that Mama had been sewing during her long confinement before the birth of Thomas and Lettie.’
    • ‘Their love is the greatest a woman can hope for in life, and it is irrecoverable, except in brief moments during confinement, if a woman is allowed to give birth in her parents' house.’
    labour, giving birth, birthing
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