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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

house′ arrest`(n.)

  1. confinement of an arrested person to his or her home or to a public place, as a hospital, instead of a jail.

Origin of house arrest:

1935–40

Princeton's WordNet

  1. house arrest(noun)

    confinement to your own home

Wiktionary

  1. house arrest(Noun)

    The situation where a person is confined, by the authorities, to his or her residence, possibly with travel allowed but restricted. Used as a lenient alternative to prison time.

Freebase

  1. House arrest

    In justice and law, house arrest is a measure by which a person is confined by the authorities to a certain residence. Travel is usually restricted, if allowed at all. House arrest is a lenient alternative to prison time or juvenile-detention time. While house arrest can be applied to criminal cases when prison does not seem an appropriate measure, the term is often applied to the use of house confinement as a measure of repression by authoritarian governments against political dissidents. In that case, typically, the person under house arrest does not have access to any means of communication. If electronic communication is allowed, conversations will most likely be monitored. With certain units, the conversations of criminals can be directly monitored via the unit itself.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

house arrest

a type of arrest in which a person is not allowed to leave his own house

He was kept under house arrest.

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