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One entry found for habeas corpus.
Main Entry: ha·be·as cor·pus
Pronunciation: secondarystresshamacr-bemacron-schwa-primarystressskodotr-pschwas
Function: noun
Etymology: derived from the Latin phrase, meaning literally "you should have the body," used as the opening words of a legal order to jailers to bring the prisoner to court
1 : a legal order for an inquiry to determine whether a person has been lawfully imprisoned
2 : the right of a citizen to obtain a writ of habeas corpus as a protection against illegal imprisonment

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