Definition of habeas corpus in English:

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habeas corpus

Pronunciation: /ˌhābēəs ˈkôrpəs/


1A writ requiring a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court, especially to secure the person’s release unless lawful grounds are shown for their detention.
Example sentences
  • How do the basic values of the writ of habeas corpus compare to those of the Bill of Rights generally?
  • When we use habeas corpus, we protect the safety of both our physical selves and our moral selves.
  • And there are no territorial limits to the reach of habeas corpus articulated in the text.
1.1The legal right to apply for a habeas corpus.


Late Middle English: Latin, literally 'you shall have the body (in court)'.

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Syllabification: ha·be·as cor·pus

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