a 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:his application for habeas corpusa writ of habeas corpus
the legal right to apply for a habeas corpus writ:Europe was first to introduce habeas corpus and the jury system
late Middle English: Latin, literally 'you shall have the body (in court)'
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Definition of habeas corpus in the US English dictionary