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Latin habeas corpus ad subjiciendum (“You (shall) have the body to be subjected to (examination)”), referring to the body of the person being detained (not the body of a victim, as in corpus delicti).
- (law) 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.
- (slang, law) To apply the legal principle of habeas corpus to an individual or situation.
- He particularly desired, judging by his actions, to put polygamists out of existence, at the same time very mercifully habeas corpused ill the prostitutes and their supporters
- He saw that according to the fable typed on its lily white face one, John Grimaldi of Brooklyn, was summoned, advised, entreated, requested, ordered, corpus delictied, habeas corpused and generally invited to appear in said court