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. Hillary Clinton on Wednesday:

    It's time to end the era of mass incarceration.

  2. Rand Paul:

    We need to treat it more as a health problem and less as an incarceration problem.

  3. President Barack Obama:

    Mass incarceration makes our country worse off and we need to do something about it.

  4. Ashley Williams:

    We want you to apologize for mass incarceration, i'm not a 'super predator,' Hillary Clinton.

  5. Symone Sanders:

    It makes more sense to me to be investing in jobs and education for our kids than in jails and incarceration.

Images & Illustrations of incarceration

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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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