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English definition of “habeas corpus”

habeas corpus

noun [U]     /ˌheɪ.bi.əsˈkɔː.pəs/ US  /-ˈkɔːr-/ specialized
a legal order that states that a person in prison must appear before and be judged by a law court before he or she can be forced by law to stay in prisonCourt cases, orders and decisions
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