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Definition of confinement noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the state of being forced to stay in a closed space, prison, etc.; the act of putting someone there her confinement to a wheelchair years of confinement as a political prisoner see also solitary confinement, solitary confinement
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] (formal or old-fashioned) the time when a woman gives birth to a baby the expected date of confinement
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