Definition of Habeas corpus

1. Noun. A writ ordering a prisoner to be brought before a judge.

Exact synonyms: Writ Of Habeas Corpus
Generic synonyms: Judicial Writ, Writ
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

2. Noun. The civil right to obtain a writ of habeas corpus as protection against illegal imprisonment.
Generic synonyms: Civil Right
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

Definition of Habeas corpus

1. Noun. (legal) A writ to bring a person before a court or a judge, most frequently used to ensure that a person's imprisonment, detention, or commitment is legal. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Habeas Corpus

haarscheibe tumour
hab or nab
habeas corpus (current term)
habenula of caecum
habenulae perforata
habenular commissure
habenular nucleus
habenular sulcus

Literary usage of Habeas corpus

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1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"In a subsequent proceeding by habeas corpus for the possession of the child, ... In habeas corpus cases the trial judge has a wide discretion, ..."

2. The American Historical Review by American Historical Association (1903)
"habeas corpus IN THE COLONIES THE writ of habeas corpus has been regarded as one of the important safeguards of personal liberty, and the struggle for its ..."

3. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1918)
"522, holding that, on an application for a writ of habeas corpus to release ... 33 habeas corpus is not available to test the sufficiency of a complaint. ..."

4. A History of the American People by Woodrow Wilson (1918)
"habeas corpus ACT, MARCH 3, 1863 President Lincoln's proclamations suspending the Writ of habeas corpus were eventually recognized by Congress in the ..."

5. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"(IA) habeas corpus, in English law, a writ issued out of the High Court of Justice commanding the person to whom it is directed to bring the body of a ..."

6. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1890)
"habeas corpus cannot be used as a writ of error. Willis v. Bayles. 2 West. ... This court will not Issue a writ of habeas corpus, •ven if it has the power, ..."

7. Cyclopedia of American Government by Andrew Cunningham McLaughlin, Albert Bushnell Hart (1914)
"habeas corpus Nature of the Writ.—A well known procedure by the law of England, which is fully recognized in the United States for determining the ..."

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