Definition of habeas corpus in English:

habeas corpus

Line breaks: hab¦eas cor¦pus
Pronunciation: /ˌheɪbɪəs ˈkɔːpəs
 
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noun

[mass noun] Law
  • 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: his application for habeas corpus a writ of habeas corpus
    More 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 writ: Europe was first to introduce habeas corpus and the jury system

Origin

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

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