What does incarceration mean?

Definitions for incarceration

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. captivity, imprisonment, incarceration, immurement(noun)

    the state of being imprisoned

    "he was held in captivity until he died"; "the imprisonment of captured soldiers"; "his ignominious incarceration in the local jail"; "he practiced the immurement of his enemies in the castle dungeon"


  1. incarceration(Noun)

    The act of confining, or the state of being confined; imprisonment.

  2. incarceration(Noun)

    Formerly, strangulation, as in hernia.

  3. incarceration(Noun)

    A constriction of the hernial sac, rendering it irreducible, but not great enough to cause strangulation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incarceration(noun)

    the act of confining, or the state of being confined; imprisonment

  2. Incarceration(noun)

    formerly, strangulation, as in hernia

  3. Incarceration(noun)

    a constriction of the hernial sac, rendering it irreducible, but not great enough to cause strangulation

  4. Origin: [Cf. F. incarcration.]


  1. Incarceration

    Incarceration is the detention of a person in prison, typically as punishment for a crime. People are most commonly incarcerated upon suspicion or conviction of committing a crime, and different jurisdictions have differing laws governing the function of incarceration within a larger system of justice. Incarceration serves four essential purposes with regard to criminals: ⁕to isolate criminals to prevent them from committing more crimes ⁕to punish criminals for committing crimes ⁕to deter others from committing crimes ⁕to rehabilitate criminals Incarceration rates, when measured by the United Nations, are considered distinct and separate from the imprisonment of political prisoners and others not charged with a specific crime. Historically, the frequency of imprisonment, its duration, and severity have varied considerably. There has also been much debate about the motives for incarceration, its effectiveness and fairness, as well as debate regarding the related questions about the nature and etiology of criminal behavior.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of incarceration in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of incarceration in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Greg Barton:

    There is a real problem with overcrowding of prisons and there is a real need to manage rates of incarceration.

  2. Chris Hensley:

    It's more about power than sex, these men don't see what they're doing as homosexual, and they will leave their incarceration heterosexual.

  3. Hillary Clinton on Wednesday:

    Without the mass incarceration that we currently practice, millions fewer people would be living in poverty, it's time to end the era of mass incarceration.

  4. Billy Corben:

    This is the future of America, when you look at the incarceration rate, especially for black men, and income inequality, the life you see in 'Dawg Fight' is where we are headed.

  5. David Smilde:

    Giving Ceballos home incarceration and Baduel parole are positive gestures the government is making that can dampen some criticism, of course the elephant in the room is the incarceration of Leopoldo Lopez but the government does not appear willing to cede on that point for the time being.

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Translations for incarceration

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • سجنArabic
  • zauzlení, vězněníCzech
  • EinkerkerungGerman
  • encarcelamiento, encarcelaciónSpanish
  • kurouma, vangitseminenFinnish
  • incarcérationFrench
  • բանտարկությունArmenian
  • 投獄Japanese
  • ജയില്‍ വാസം, ബന്ധനം, ജയിലിലാക്കല്‍Malayalam
  • заключение, лишение свободыRussian

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