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Definition of "habeas corpus" []

  • One of a variety of writs that may be issued to bring a party before a court or judge, having as its function the release of the party from unlawful restraint. (noun)
  • The right of a citizen to obtain such a writ. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "habeas corpus" in a sentence
  • "Some state judges so captiously disputed the constitutionality of various military laws that the writ of habeas corpus had to be suspended.31"
  • "His most noted legal argument was the appeal in habeas corpus proceedings on behalf of Vallandigham in"
  • "First the omission of a bill of rights providing clearly & without the aid of sophisms for freedom of religion, freedom of the press, protection against standing armies, restriction against monopolies, the eternal & unremitting force of the habeas corpus laws, and trials by jury in all matters of fact triable by the laws of the land & not by the law of nations."
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