One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A writ requiring a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court, especially to secure the person's release unless lawful grounds are shown for their detention.
- ‘Because we know that the writ of habeas corpus provides one of the most significant protections of human freedom against arbitrary government action ever created.’
- ‘When we use habeas corpus, we protect the safety of both our physical selves and our moral selves.’
- ‘And there are no territorial limits to the reach of habeas corpus articulated in the text.’
- ‘How do the basic values of the writ of habeas corpus compare to those of the Bill of Rights generally?’
- ‘The principle of habeas corpus is a demand that free people make toward state power.’
- 1.1 The legal right to apply for a habeas corpus.
Late Middle English: Latin, literally ‘you shall have the body (in court)’.
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