en·​trap·​ment | \ in-ˈtrap-mənt How to pronounce entrapment (audio) , en- \

Definition of entrapment

1a : the action or process of entrapping
b : the condition of being entrapped
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 on the Web Vestibules will be added on the front and rear to provide air entrapment for energy conservation. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Renovated Bagley Road building will become North Coast Eye Surgery’s new home," 8 Oct. 2020 This mixup is almost always accompanied by a sensation of entrapment, floating, or detachment from one’s body—and in many cases sleepers see an accompanying demon or hag. Jake Bittle, Popular Science, "Why do we see ghosts?," 6 Oct. 2020 Against conventional wisdom, the leading causes of death are cardiac arrest, vehicle accidents and aircraft crashes -- with entrapment in fast-growing wildfires listed as the fourth most prevalent cause of fatalities. oregonlive, "14-day work weeks and no guaranteed shower: Oregon firefighters endure brutal conditions to save homes and lives," 20 Sep. 2020 Officers responded shortly before 5:30 p.m. Sunday to 1405 S. Harrison St. in reference to an accident with entrapment. David Wilson, Arkansas Online, "Police: Little Rock man found shot, injured in wrecked vehicle," 15 Sep. 2020 Both sea turtles were released in Christmas Bay on Friday with Twitch accompanied by the people who freed him from his entrapment, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist Dr. Jennifer Leo and her family. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Zoo releases sea turtles Star and Twitch back to Galveston Bay," 31 July 2020 No other book holds together so perfectly the exhilaration of choosing to be free, and the horror of the consequent entrapment. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, "The Novels of Tension Between Freedom and Disaster," 10 July 2020 Some legal experts and supporters of Flynn believe he will be exonerated in the future, but Bernstein said leading FBI officials dismiss the talk of entrapment. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Carl Bernstein reports 'top' FBI officials dismiss Flynn entrapment claims," 4 May 2020 In contrast, in the Rockies, 61 percent of the deaths were flush drownings and just 31 percent were entrapments. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "A New Theory for Unexplained Whitewater Deaths," 11 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of entrapment

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Entrapment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entrapment. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of entrapment

: 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


en·​trap·​ment | \ in-ˈtrap-mənt, en- How to pronounce entrapment (audio) \

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

Note: 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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