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habeas corpusnoun [U]

uk   /ˌheɪ.bi.əs ˈkɔː.pəs/  us   /ˌheɪ.bi.əs ˈkɔːr.pəs/ 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
(Definition of habeas corpus from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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habeas corpusnoun [U]

 /ˈheɪ·bi·əs ˈkɔr·pəs/
social studies a legal action demanding that a prisoner be brought before a judge to make sure that he or she is not being held illegally
(Definition of habeas corpus from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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habeas corpusnoun [U]

uk   us   LAW
the right of someone who is in prison to appear in court so that a judge can decide whether that person is being kept in prison legally: The new legislation would restore habeas corpus rights to all detainees in U.S. custody. habeas corpus appeals/petitions/proceedings
(Definition of habeas corpus from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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