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1. A writ that a person may seek from a court to obtain immediate release from an unlawful confinement, as when the confinement has occurred through a means that violated the person's constitutional rights.
2. The right of a person to obtain such a writ.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin habeās corpus, produce the body (from the opening words of the writ) : Latin habeās, second person sing. present subjunctive of habēre, to have + Latin corpus, body.]
habeas corpus(ˈheɪbɪəs ˈkɔːpəs)
(Law) law 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
[C15: from the opening of the Latin writ, literally: you may have the body]
ha•be•as cor•pus(ˈheɪ bi əs ˈkɔr pəs)
1. a writ requiring a person to be brought before a judge or court, esp. to determine whether the person has been detained or imprisoned legally.
2. the right to obtain such a writ as a protection against illegal detention or imprisonment.
[1350–1400; < Latin: literally, have the body (first words of writ)]
A writ requiring a person to be brought before a court so that it can be decided whether or not the person’s detention is lawful.
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|Noun||1.||habeas corpus - a writ ordering a prisoner to be brought before a judge|
|2.||habeas corpus - the civil right to obtain a writ of habeas corpus as protection against illegal imprisonment|
civil right - right or rights belonging to a person by reason of citizenship including especially the fundamental freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the 13th and 14th amendments and subsequent acts of Congress including the right to legal and social and economic equality