entrapment

noun
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.

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Elevator entrapments are relatively rare events, but uniquely harrowing. Washington Post, "Attempt to warn public about home elevator dangers sparks CPSC rift," 1 Aug. 2019 From the moment Dani, Christian and the rest pass through the settlement’s sunburst gate, everything from the green hills girdling the compound to the flowing choreography contributes to the slow-growing, inexorable sense of entrapment. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘Midsommar’ Review: Building a Horror Møusetrap With Swedish Bait," 2 July 2019 In 2011, a judge threw out a case against a man caught in a 2006 To Catch A Predator sting over entrapment. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "There’s a global movement of Facebook vigilantes who hunt pedophiles," 24 July 2019 Weeks after the protest at Julius’, Mr. Lindsay ordered the Police Department to halt the entrapment of gays, although many gay men said his orders were ignored, at least initially. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Dick Leitsch, Whose ‘Sip-In’ Was a Gay Rights Milestone, Dies at 83," 22 June 2018 The nonprofit Safe Kids Worldwide says there are serious dangers to drain entanglement and entrapment. Amy Chillag, CNN, "Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for young children. Here's how to prevent it," 3 July 2019 Last year, 30 grain entrapments were documented, with half the victims dying. Mitch Stacy, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Like quicksand’: Ohio farmer survives soybean entrapment," 15 June 2019 Mattachine-New York helped end policies permitting police entrapment. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "How the Stonewall riots inspired today's Pride celebrations," 28 June 2019 Those who fall into swift water should not attempt to stand up, as doing so could result in a foot entrapment. Longmont Times-call, The Denver Post, "Officials warn some Colorado waterways running high," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of entrapment

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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entrapment

noun

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

entrapment

noun
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

entrapment

noun
en·​trap·​ment

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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