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Definitions of imprisonment

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the act of confining someone in a prison (or as if in a prison) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. putting someone in prison or in jail as lawful punishment Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. State of being shut in, or as in, jail; confinement; restraint; the act of shutting one up in confinement. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. The act of imprisoning or state of being imprisoned: confinement or restraint. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Act of imprisoning; state of being imprisoned. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. Act of imprisoning; confinement in a place; restraint of liberty. False imprisonment, the illegal restraint or confinement of any one, under colour of law. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. Confinement in a place; restraint of liberty. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. The restraint of a person contrary to his will. 2 Inst. 589; Baldw. Rep. 239, 600. Imprisonment is either lawful or unlawful; lawful imprisonment is used either for crimes or for the appearance of a party in a civil suit, or on arrest in execution. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  10. Imprisonment for crimes is either for the appearance of a person accused, as when he cannot give bail; or it is the effect of a sentence, and then it is a part of the punishnient. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  11. Imprisonment in civil cases takes place when a defendant on being sued on bailable process refuses or cannot give the bail legally demanded, or is under a capias ad satisfaciendum, when he is taken in execution under a judgment. An unlawful imprisonment, commonly called false imprisonment, (q. v.) meaus any illegal imprisonment whatever, either with or without process, or under color of process wholly illegal, without regard to any question whether any crime has been committed or a debt due. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  12. As to what will amount to an imprisonment, the most obvious modes are confinement in a prison or a private house, but a forcible detention in the street, or the touching of a person by a peace officer by way of arrest, are also imprisonments. Bac. Ab. Trespass, D 3; 1 Esp. R. 431, 526. It has been decided that lifting up a person in his chair, and carrying him out of the room in which he was sitting with others, and excluding him from the room, was not an imprisonment; 1 Chit. Pr. 48; and the merely giving charge of a person to a peace officer, not followed by any actual apprehension of the person, does not amount to an imprisonment, though the party to avoid it, next day attend at a police; 1 Esp. R. 431; New Rep. 211; 1 Carr. & Pavn. 153; S. C. II Eng. Com. Law, R. 351; and if, in consequence of a message from a sheriff's officer holding a writ, the defendant execute and send him a bail bond, such submission to the process will not constitute an arrest. 6 Bar. & Cres. 528; S. C. 13 Eng. Com. Law Rep. 245; Dowl. & R. 233. Vide, generally, 14 Vin. Ab. 342; 4 Com. Dig. 618; 1 Chit. Pr. 47; Merl. R«pert. mot Emprisonment; 17 Eng. Com. L. R. 246, n. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  13. n. Act of imprisoning, or state of being imprisoned ; restrained of liberty ;- incarceration : custody ; confinement. Cabinet Dictionary
  14. Confinement, state of being shut in prison. Complete Dictionary
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