imprisonment

imprisonment
im|pris|on|ment [ ım`prıznmənt ] noun uncount **
the punishment of being put into prison. The punishment of life imprisonment means that someone will be kept in prison for many years, possibly until they die:
He was sentenced to four months' imprisonment for possession of cocaine.
the courts' increased use of imprisonment
a. the situation of being in prison, or of being in a place or situation that you cannot escape from

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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