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noun
confinement of an arrested person to his or her residence or to a public place, as a hospital, instead of in a jail: He was under house arrest until the day of his trial.
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Origin of house arrest

First recorded in 1935–40

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British Dictionary definitions for house arrest

house arrest

noun
confinement to one's own home
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Cultural definitions for house arrest

house arrest

Forcible detention in one's house rather than in a prison. House arrest is used by some nations as a way to silence political dissent without the elaborate trials and criminal proceedings that would bring bad publicity.

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