Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Imprisonment; confinement in a jail or penitentiary. This term is seldom used in law, though found occasionally in statutes, (Rev. St. Okl. 1903, ยง 2068.) When so used, it appears always to mean confinement by competent public authority or under due legal process, whereas "imprisonment" may be effected by a private person without warrant of law, and lf unjustifiable is called "false imprisonment" No occurrence of such a phrase as "false incarceration" has been noted. See Imprisonment.