Definition of "habeas" []

  • A writ ordering a person to be brought before a court or judge, esp so that the court may ascertain whether his detention is lawful (noun)
  • Shortened form of habeas corpus. (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016 : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "habeas" in a sentence
  • "The reasoning from the bar, in relation to it, may be answered by the single observation, that for the meaning of the term habeas corpus, resort may unquestionably be had to the common law; but the power to award the writ by any of the courts of the United States, must be given by written law."
  • "But there's one part that I vigorously disagree with, and that is taking away the jurisdiction of the federal courts on what we call habeas corpus, which is the great writ that goes all the way back to 1215."
  • "When asked to define the term habeas corpus, the capital’s best were stumped."