habeas corpus Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “habeas corpus” in the English Dictionary

"habeas corpus" in British English

See all translations

habeas corpusnoun [U]

uk   /ˌheɪ.bi.əsˈkɔː.pəs/  us   /-ˈkɔːr-/ 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)

"habeas corpus" in American English

See all translations

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)

"habeas corpus" in Business English

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of habeas corpus?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

forage

to go from place to place searching, especially for food

Word of the Day

Meerkat meme
Meerkat meme
by Colin McIntosh,
September 03, 2015
Meerkats are not new to popular culture (they appear in the folk tales of the San people of the Kalahari), but their arrival in the public’s consciousness, at least in the UK and the US, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Meerkats are small, sociable Southern African mammals that live in large family

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More