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Princeton's WordNet

  1. captivity, imprisonment, incarceration, immurementnoun

    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. incarcerationnoun

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

  2. incarcerationnoun

    Formerly, strangulation, as in hernia.

  3. incarcerationnoun

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incarcerationnoun

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. incarcration.]

  2. Incarcerationnoun

    formerly, strangulation, as in hernia

    Etymology: [Cf. F. incarcration.]

  3. Incarcerationnoun

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

    Etymology: [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.

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  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

Examples of incarceration in a Sentence

  1. Taffany Lim:

    The power of a college education is about more than just receiving a piece of paper. What this bachelor's degree encapsulates for these men is hope and transformation, their accomplishment has a positive ripple effect on the other men in the prison, their friends, families, and communities. And because of this, we believe that a college education is about breaking the cycle of incarceration.

  2. Richard Marles:

    If you are born indigenous in this country, your life stands to be materially worse than those of us who are born non-indigenous in terms of child mortality, education, employment and incarceration.

  3. Phil Robertson:

    Nothing that Amos Yee said or posted should ever have been considered criminal -- much less merit incarceration, the dismal state of Singapore's respect for free expression can be seen in the decision to impose the criminal justice system on outspoken 16-year-olds.

  4. Jackson Lee:

    First of all, I want to say that we're not letting out criminals, we're responding to mass incarceration, but we're not letting out criminals. We're letting out people who have the opportunity to go through programs, be counseled.

  5. Joe Biden:

    We have now a systemic issue and too many African Americans in jail right now, so I think we should shift the whole focus from what we were doing in terms of incarceration to rehabilitation.

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  • سجنArabic
  • zauzlení, vězněníCzech
  • EinkerkerungGerman
  • encarcelamiento, encarcelaciónSpanish
  • vangitseminen, kuroumaFinnish
  • incarcérationFrench
  • क़ैद कर देनाHindi
  • բանտարկությունArmenian
  • 投獄Japanese
  • ജയിലിലാക്കല്‍, ബന്ധനം, ജയില്‍ വാസംMalayalam
  • заключение, лишение свободыRussian
  • การกักขังThai

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