False imprisonment
Imprison ment Im*pris"on ment, n. [OE. enprisonment; F. emprisonnement.] The act of imprisoning, or the state of being imprisoned; confinement; restraint. [1913 Webster]

His sinews waxen weak and raw Through long imprisonment and hard constraint. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Every confinement of the person is an imprisonment, whether it be in a common prison, or in a private house, or even by foreibly detaining one in the public streets. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

{False imprisonment}. (Law) See under {False}.

Syn: Incarceration; custody; confinement; durance; restraint. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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