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tr.v. im·pris·oned, im·pris·on·ing, im·pris·ons
To put in or as if in prison; confine.

[Middle English emprisonen, from Old French emprisoner : en-, in (from Latin in-; see in-2) + prison, prison; see prison.]

im·pris′on·a·ble adj.
im·pris′on·ment n.


capable of being imprisoned or incarceratedrelating to an unlawful act that would cause a person to be imprisoned
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If someone has been lacing sausages with the carpet tacks, it is definitely an imprisonable offence".
RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes, of Channel 5's The Dog Rescuers, said: "If someone has been lacing sausages with tacks it is an imprisonable offence.
Normally the maximum penalty would be to get somebody's clothes dry cleaned - it's not imprisonable - but splashing can be easily avoided.
The charges are imprisonable and I'm going to send them to the crown court.
The generation which grew up in a world where being gay was an imprisonable offence are now the only age group that opposes same-sex marriages.
Insulting the president is an imprisonable offence.
The charge he is now facing is not an offence which is imprisonable," pointed out Mr Parry.
Since homosexuality was once an imprisonable offense," Brewster tells The Advocate, "incriminating diaries and letters were usually destroyed, which is why it is remarkable that Frank Millet's unequivocally homoerotic youthful love letters to Stoddard have survived.
To give one example: spitting in public in all civilized societies has traditionally been an almost imprisonable offense.
Others say that Asbos have simply targeted the poor and vulnerable in society, that large numbers of people have been imprisoned for breaching them, often for crimes that were not themselves imprisonable or for acts that were not even criminal.
Starting fires is technically an imprisonable offence in Lebanon, but this apparently served as little deterrent for farmers and other individuals who start small blazes as ways of clearing waste.