false imprisonment


noun Law.

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

Nearby words

  1. false hellebore,
  2. false hematuria,
  3. false hermaphroditism,
  4. false horizon,
  5. false image,
  6. false indigo,
  7. false joint,
  8. false keel,
  9. false knot,
  10. false labor

Origin of false imprisonment

First recorded in 1760–70

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British Dictionary definitions for false imprisonment

false imprisonment

noun

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