Definition of

Habeas Corpus

  1. (noun, attribute) the civil right to obtain a writ of habeas corpus as protection against illegal imprisonment
  2. (noun, communication) a writ ordering a prisoner to be brought before a judge

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Synonyms of Habeas Corpus

writ of habeas corpus

Alternate forms of Habeas Corpus

Hypernyms: civil right, judicial writ, writ

Origin of the word Habeas Corpus

  1. 1465, from L., lit. "(you should) have the person," in phrase habeas corpus ad subjiciendum "produce or have the person to be subjected to (examination)," opening words of writs in 14c. Anglo-Fr. documents to require a person to be brought before a court or judge, especially to determine if that person is being legally detained. From habeas, second pers. sing. pre… more

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