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"habeas corpus" in British English

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habeas corpusnoun [U]

uk   /ˌheɪ.bi.əs ˈkɔː.pəs/  us   /ˌheɪ.bi.əs ˈkɔːr.pəs/ specialized
a ​legalorder 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 ​legalactiondemanding that a ​prisoner be ​brought before a ​judge to make ​sure that he or she is not being ​heldillegally
(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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