1. Confinement of a criminal to that criminal's own residence, usually under a condition of electronic monitoring or other surveillance, imposed by a court as a more lenient alternative to imprisonment.
2. Confinement of a political activist to that activist's own residence, usually under a condition of limited outside communication, imposed by an oppressive regime as a means of reducing the activist's effectiveness.
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