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Noun: habeas corpus  'hey-bee-us 'kor-pus
  1. (law) a writ ordering a prisoner to be brought before a judge
    - writ of habeas corpus
  2. (law) the civil right to obtain a writ of habeas corpus as protection against illegal imprisonment

Type of: civil right, judicial writ, writ

Encyclopedia: Habeas corpus