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false imprisonment

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noun Law.
  1. the unlawful restraint of a person from exercising the right to freedom of movement.

Origin of false imprisonment

First recorded in 1760–70
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British Dictionary definitions for false imprisonment

false imprisonment

noun
  1. law the restraint of a person's liberty without lawful authority
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