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habeas corpus

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˌheɪbiəs ˈkɔrpəs//
 
[uncountable] (from Latin) (law)
 
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a law that states that a person who has been arrested should not be kept in prison longer than a particular period of time unless a judge in court has decided that it is right to apply for a writ of habeas corpus
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