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"habeas corpus" in British English

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(Definition of “habeas corpus” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"habeas corpus" in American English

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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

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"habeas corpus" in Business English

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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.

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