Definition of corpus
1 : the body of a human or animal especially when dead
2a : the main part or body of a bodily structure or organ the corpus of the uterusb : the main body or corporeal substance of a thing; specifically : the principal of a fund or estate as distinct from income or interest
3a : all the writings or works of a particular kind or on a particular subject; especially : the complete works of an authorb : a collection or body of knowledge or evidence; especially : a collection of recorded utterances used as a basis for the descriptive analysis of a language
Examples of corpus in a Sentence
a computerized corpus of English
Jane Austen's corpus is modest in number but magnificent in achievement.
Recent Examples of corpus from the Web
Based on the nature of this corpus of claims of voter fraud—which have often used bad or simply nonexistent data to challenge legitimate voters—
The majority in the Jones case ruled that that federal judges may not consider new constitutional theories in cases of habeas corpus, the legal means prisoners use to challenge their confinement.
The committee did present three recommendations that the commission adopted: not changing the state's writ of habeas corpus laws and repealing both the Courts of Conciliation and the Supreme Court Commission.
The suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War, the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, and the use of federal troops to enforce school desegregation in Little Rock all took place through executive orders.
Future detainees, Kennedy wrote, might be able to challenge future conditions while detained, through actions for an injunction, or petitions for habeas corpus.
Clarke, who supports the use of torture and opposes habeas corpus, has also previously called for brutal crackdowns on anti-Trump protesters.
In March, the two attorneys filed a writ of habeas corpus in western Virginia District Court, demanding that the ORR release Santos.
The unanimous decision was another setback for the Nonhuman Rights Project, a group that for several years has sought to persuade New York courts to grant writs of habeas corpus to chimpanzees.
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Origin and Etymology of corpus
Middle English, from Latin
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
CORPUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of corpus for English Language Learners
: a collection of writings, conversations, speeches, etc., that people use to study and describe a language
: a collection of poems, paintings, songs, etc.
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