From King Dictionary of Contemporary English imprisonment im‧pris‧on‧ment / ɪmˈprɪz ənmənt / ●○○ noun [uncountable ] KEEP/STORE the state of being in prison, or the time someone spends there They were sentenced to 6 years’ imprisonment. life imprisonment Examples from the Corpus imprisonment • Since his imprisonment, her son has been denied telephone contact with his family, she said. • Many women believe that the punishment for rape should be life imprisonment. • Garrison faces life imprisonment for his role in the killings. • The court itself took the point that the committal was invalid and quashed a sentence of 18 months' imprisonment. • On 3 April he was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment suspended for two years and was ordered to pay £1,500 compensation. • Spanswick was sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years with a supervision order attached. • Debt burdens nearly always bring with them a sense of imprisonment. • The offence is punishable by either a fine or imprisonment. • In 1922 Hannington received his first term of a month's imprisonment for uttering seditious words. • A 19 year old female student from Bath University was charged by Essex police with unlawful imprisonment and causing actual bodily harm. • At his lowest ebb, Macari was threatened with imprisonment and his wife rang friends to secure bail money of £50,000. • Johnson was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for causing a riot. life imprisonment • Capital prosecutions are hideously expensive; life imprisonment is cheaper and just as effective. • Corelli could face life imprisonment. • If convicted, he faces life imprisonment and a $ 12 million fine. • The trial judge, Caulfield J., imposed the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment. • I mentioned the sentence of life imprisonment and the unlimited fines that are available for crimes involving knives. • The bishops said life imprisonment without parole should be the maximum punishment meted out by the state. • I think life imprisonment with hard labor is really important. • Calley, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment, was eventually paroled after having served only three years. • Serfaty was sentenced to life imprisonment.