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 for False imprisonment
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Imprison ment \Im*pris"on ment\, n. [OE. enprisonment; F.
     The act of imprisoning, or the state of being imprisoned;
     confinement; restraint.
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           His sinews waxen weak and raw
           Through long imprisonment and hard constraint.
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           Every confinement of the person is an imprisonment,
           whether it be in a common prison, or in a private
           house, or even by foreibly detaining one in the public
           streets.                                 --Blackstone.
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     False imprisonment. (Law) See under False.
     Syn: Incarceration; custody; confinement; durance; restraint.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  False \False\, a. [Compar. Falser; superl. Falsest.] [L.
     falsus, p. p. of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. faus, fals, F.
     faux, and AS. fals fraud. See Fail, Fall.]
     1. Uttering falsehood; unveracious; given to deceit;
        dishnest; as, a false witness.
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     2. Not faithful or loyal, as to obligations, allegiance,
        vows, etc.; untrue; treacherous; perfidious; as, a false
        friend, lover, or subject; false to promises.
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              I to myself was false, ere thou to me. --Milton.
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     3. Not according with truth or reality; not true; fitted or
        likely to deceive or disappoint; as, a false statement.
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     4. Not genuine or real; assumed or designed to deceive;
        counterfeit; hypocritical; as, false tears; false modesty;
        false colors; false jewelry.
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              False face must hide what the false heart doth know.
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     5. Not well founded; not firm or trustworthy; erroneous; as,
        a false claim; a false conclusion; a false construction in
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              Whose false foundation waves have swept away.
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     6. Not essential or permanent, as parts of a structure which
        are temporary or supplemental.
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     7. (Mus.) Not in tune.
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     False arch (Arch.), a member having the appearance of an
        arch, though not of arch construction.
     False attic, an architectural erection above the main
        cornice, concealing a roof, but not having windows or
        inclosing rooms.
     False bearing, any bearing which is not directly upon a
        vertical support; thus, the weight carried by a corbel has
        a false bearing.
     False cadence, an imperfect or interrupted cadence.
     False conception (Med.), an abnormal conception in which a
        mole, or misshapen fleshy mass, is produced instead of a
        properly organized fetus.
     False croup (Med.), a spasmodic affection of the larynx
        attended with the symptoms of membranous croup, but
        unassociated with the deposit of a fibrinous membrane.
     False door or False window (Arch.), the representation of
        a door or window, inserted to complete a series of doors
        or windows or to give symmetry.
     False fire, a combustible carried by vessels of war,
        chiefly for signaling, but sometimes burned for the
        purpose of deceiving an enemy; also, a light on shore for
        decoying a vessel to destruction.
     False galena. See Blende.
     False imprisonment (Law), the arrest and imprisonment of a
        person without warrant or cause, or contrary to law; or
        the unlawful detaining of a person in custody.
     False keel (Naut.), the timber below the main keel, used to
        serve both as a protection and to increase the shio's
        lateral resistance.
     False key, a picklock.
     False leg. (Zool.) See Proleg.
     False membrane (Med.), the fibrinous deposit formed in
        croup and diphtheria, and resembling in appearance an
        animal membrane.
     False papers (Naut.), documents carried by a ship giving
        false representations respecting her cargo, destination,
        etc., for the purpose of deceiving.
     False passage (Surg.), an unnatural passage leading off
        from a natural canal, such as the urethra, and produced
        usually by the unskillful introduction of instruments.
     False personation (Law), the intentional false assumption
        of the name and personality of another.
     False pretenses (Law), false representations concerning
        past or present facts and events, for the purpose of
        defrauding another.
     False rail (Naut.), a thin piece of timber placed on top of
        the head rail to strengthen it.
     False relation (Mus.), a progression in harmony, in which a
        certain note in a chord appears in the next chord prefixed
        by a flat or sharp.
     False return (Law), an untrue return made to a process by
        the officer to whom it was delivered for execution.
     False ribs (Anat.), the asternal rebs, of which there are
        five pairs in man.
     False roof (Arch.), the space between the upper ceiling and
        the roof. --Oxford Gloss.
     False token, a false mark or other symbol, used for
        fraudulent purposes.
     False scorpion (Zool.), any arachnid of the genus
        Chelifer. See Book scorpion.
     False tack (Naut.), a coming up into the wind and filling
        away again on the same tack.
     False vampire (Zool.), the Vampyrus spectrum of South
        America, formerly erroneously supposed to have
        blood-sucking habits; -- called also vampire, and ghost
        vampire. The genuine blood-sucking bats belong to the
        genera Desmodus and Diphylla. See Vampire.
     False window. (Arch.) See False door, above.
     False wing. (Zool.) See Alula, and Bastard wing, under
     False works (Civil Engin.), construction works to
        facilitate the erection of the main work, as scaffolding,
        bridge centering, etc.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  false imprisonment
      n 1: (law) confinement without legal authority

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  FALSE IMPRISONMENT. torts. Any intentional detention of the person of 
  another not authorized by law, is false imprisonment. 1 Bald. 571; 9 N. H. 
  Rep. 491; 2 Brev. R. 157. It is any illegal imprisonment, without any 
  process whatever, or under color of process wholly illegal, without regard 
  to the question whether any crime has been committed, or a debt due. 1 Chit. 
  Pr. 48; 5 Verm. 588; 3 Blackf. 46; 3 Wend. 350 5 Wend. 298; 9 John. 117; 1 
  A. K. Marsh. 845; Kirby, 65; Hardin 249. 
       2. The remedy is, in order to be restored to liberty, by writ of habeas 
  corpus, and to recover damages for the injury, by action of trespass vi et 
  armis. To punish the wrong done to the public, by the false imprisonment of 
  an individual, the offender may be indicted. 4 Bl. Com. 218, 219; 2 Burr. 
  993. Vide Bac. Ab. Trespass, D 3 Dane's Ab. Index, h.t. Vide 9 N. H. Rep. 
  491; 2 Brev. R. 157; Malicious Prosecution; Regular and Irregular Process. 

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