Definition of supermax in English:

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supermax

Pronunciation: /ˈsuːpəmaks/

adjective

Denoting or relating to an extremely high-security prison or part of a prison, intended for particularly dangerous prisoners.
Example sentences
  • The Obama administration has promised to put a second security fence around the already super max facility.
  • Joshua Dratel, his lawyer, said the rejection was an example of the harsh conditions imposed on inmates at the supermax prison.
  • Kaczynski is serving a life sentence without the possibility of patrol at a supermax prison in Colorado.

noun

A supermax prison.
Example sentences
  • That hardly applies to the prisoners held in America's supermaxes.
  • I shouldn't even be in super max.
  • But the whole idea that they could effectively organize while a prisoner at a supermax is a little hard to understand.

Origin

1970s: shortened from super-maximum, i.e. 'greater than the expected or conventional maximum'.

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