Definition of entrapment
2 : the action of luring an individual into committing a crime in order to prosecute the person for it
3 medical : chronic compression of a peripheral nerve (such as the median nerve) usually between ligamentous and bony surfaces that is marked by pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness
Examples of entrapment in a Sentence
her entrapment in an unhappy marriage
His lawyer argued that he was a victim of police entrapment.
Recent Examples of entrapment from the Web
Between 2012-2016 there were 17 victims of entrapment in pools, mostly involving children.
Initial reports of entrapment proved unfounded and no injuries were reported in the pre-dawn inferno.
The common thread is entrapment: the soldiers cannot escape the trenches, the woman cannot escape the house.
Emma Messenger and Rick Yaconis make the most of the alternately wacky and brutal tale of entrapment, adapted by William Goldman from the 1987 Stephen King novel of the same name.
And Porter and Contra Costa County were even co-defendants in a lawsuit stemming from the entrapment scheme, which involved a corrupt county sheriff’s deputy.
Old-style kompromat featured doctored photographs, planted drugs, grainy videos of liaisons with prostitutes hired by the K.G.B., and a wide range of other primitive entrapment techniques.
In addition to the commercial trade, seahorses have to contend with habitat loss and entrapment in shrimp-trawl nets.
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First Known Use of entrapment
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Definition of entrapment for English Language Learners
: the act of entrapping someone or something or the condition of being entrapped
: the illegal act of tricking someone into committing a crime so that the person you have tricked can be arrested
Medical Definition of entrapment
: chronic compression of a peripheral nerve (as the median nerve or ulnar nerve) usually between ligamentous and bony surfaces that is characterized especially by pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness
Legal Definition of entrapment
1 : the action or process of entrapping
2 : the state or condition of being entrapped; also : the affirmative defense of having been entrapped by a government agent (as an officer or informant) — see also predispose
Additional Notes on entrapment
Entrapment is available as a defense only when an agent of the state or federal government has provided the encouragement or inducement. This defense is sometimes allowed in administrative proceedings (as for the revocation of a license to practice medicine) as well as criminal proceedings. In order to establish entrapment, the defendant has the burden of proving either that he or she would not have committed the crime but for the undue persuasion or fraud of the government agent, or that the encouragement was such that it created a risk that persons not inclined to commit the crime would commit it, depending on the jurisdiction. When entrapment is pleaded, evidence (as character evidence) regarding the defendant that might otherwise have been excluded is allowed to be admitted.
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