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po·lit·i·cal pris·on·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. political prisonernoun

    someone who is imprisoned because of their political views


  1. political prisonernoun

    A person imprisoned for no other reason than his political views or political activism


  1. Political prisoner

    A political prisoner is someone imprisoned for their political activity. The political offense is not always the official reason for the prisoner's detention. There is no internationally recognized legal definition of the concept, although numerous similar definitions have been proposed by various organizations and scholars, and there is a general consensus among scholars that "individuals have been sanctioned by legal systems and imprisoned by political regimes not for their violation of codified laws but for their thoughts and ideas that have fundamentally challenged existing power relations". The status of a political prisoner is generally awarded to individuals based on declarations of non-governmental organizations like Amnesty International, on a case-by-case basis. While such status are often widely recognized by the international public opinion, they are often rejected by individual governments accused of holding political prisoners, which tend to deny any bias in their judicial systems.A related term is prisoner of conscience, popularized by Amnesty International. It describes someone who was prosecuted because of their personal beliefs. Some prisons, known as political prisons, are focused or even dedicated solely to hosting political prisoners.


  1. political prisoner

    A political prisoner is an individual who is arrested, detained, or imprisoned for his/her involvement in political activity, usually opposing the laws, actions, or beliefs of a government or leadership. This person can be deprived of personal freedom because of their expressed beliefs or suspected political affiliations, often on the grounds of sedition, treason, or similar charges. Political prisoners may also include individuals from marginalized groups or minorities struggling for their rights, activists who challenge established systems, or dissenters punished for criticizing those in power.


  1. Political prisoner

    Apolitical prisoner is an imprisoned individual who is in prison because they have opposed or criticized the government of their own country. The term is used by persons or groups challenging the legitimacy of the detention of a prisoner. Supporters of the term define a political prisoner as someone who is imprisoned for his or her participation in political activity. If a political offense was not the official reason for detention, the term would imply that the detention was motivated by the prisoner's politics.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of political prisoner in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of political prisoner in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of political prisoner in a Sentence

  1. Amy Berman Jackson:

    The defendant did not spend six months in jail because he is a political prisoner. He was not prosecuted for his political views, the defendant came to the Capitol because he placed his trust in someone who repaid that trust by lying to him.

  2. George Clooney:

    Nasheed, who fought so hard to bring human rights and democracy to this country, is now a political prisoner here, one of many unfortunately.

  3. Pamela Anderson:

    It’s crazy that Julian is still being held as a political prisoner — after the UN has stated (and recently for a second time) that there is no reason for his detention and has ordered that the UK and Sweden release him, julian is an editor and a publisher.

  4. Aecio Neves:

    A nation like Brazil that has a president who was once a political prisoner cannot keep silent when it sees a neighboring country keep almost 90 political prisoners, it is time the Brazilian government acted in defense of democracy in Venezuela.

  5. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva:

    Today is the day of indignation. It's the day of a lack of democratic respect, the day of authoritarianism, i felt like a political prisoner this morning.

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