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Imprisoned Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    imprisoned adj : in captivity [syn: captive, confined, jailed]
Imprisoned Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Imprison \Im*pris"on\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Imprisoned; p. pr. & vb. n. Imprisoning.] [OE. enprisonen, OF. enprisoner, F. emprisonner; pref. en- (L. in) + F. & OF. prison. See Prison.]
  1. To put in prison or jail; To arrest and detain in custody; to confine. He imprisoned was in chains remediles. --Spenser.
  2. To limit, restrain, or confine in any way. Try to imprison the resistless wind. --Dryden. Syn: To incarcerate; confine; immure.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Imprisoned'


A prison (from Old French prisoun) is a place in which people are physically confined and, usually, deprived of a range of personal freedoms. Imprisonment or incarceration is a legal penalty that may be imposed by the state for the commission of a crime. Other terms are penitentiary, correctional facility, remand center, detention center and gaol (or jail).

In the United States, "jail" and "prison" refer to separate levels of incarceration; generally speaking, jails are county or city administrated institutions which house both inmates awaiting trial on the local level and convicted misdemeanants serving a term of one year or less, while prisons are state or federal facilities housing those awaiting trial on the state or federal level and convicted felons serving a term of more than one year. On the federal level, this terminology has been largely superseded by a more complex five-tier system implemented by the Federal Bureau of Prisons that ranges from low security "Prison Camps" to medium security "Correctional Institutions" and finally maximum security "Penitentiaries".

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* Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed in them. - Henry David Thoreau

* Let your imagination release your imprisoned possibilities. - Dr. Robert Schuller

* No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand. The Centauri learned this lesson once. We will teach it to them again. Though it take a thousand years, we will be free. - J. Michael Straczynski


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  • Lawyer for American imprisoned in Cuba arguing US should be held financially responsible
    WASHINGTON — An attorney for a Maryland man who's spent over four years imprisoned in Cuba will argue before a federal appeals court that he should be allowed to sue the U.S. government over his imprisonment. Read more on this news related to 'Imprisoned'
  • Weekends-only prison proposed
    Many criminals could be imprisoned on weekends only, under new plans to overhaul Ireland's overcrowded prisons. Read more on this news related to 'Imprisoned'
  • UK Foreign Office tackles Iranian government over woman imprisoned for watching volleyball
    Exclusive: The UK Foreign Office has finally called a meeting with the family of a young British-Iranian woman, who has been imprisoned in Iran for nearly three months, after attending a men's volleyball match Read more on this news related to 'Imprisoned'

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