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habeas corpus

noun [U] uk   /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 court of law before he or she can be forced by law to stay in prison
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