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confinement

noun
     
Related topics: Birth, Jail and punishment
con‧fine‧ment
1 [uncountable] formalSCJ the act of putting someone in a room, prison etc that they are not allowed to leave, or the state of being there:
They were held in confinement for three weeks.
He visited prisoners at their place of confinement.
solitary confinement
2 [uncountable and countable] old-fashioned or formalMB the time when a woman gives birth to a baby:
the pros and cons of home versus hospital confinement

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