house arrest definition by Webster's New World
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detention, often under guard, of an arrested person in that person's own home, a hospital, etc.
house arrest definition by American Heritage Dictionary
nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Confinement to one's quarters, rather than prison, by administrative or judicial order: a prisoner under house arrest.
house arrest - Cultural Definition
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.