from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of entrapping or catching, as in a snare or trap.

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  • noun The state of being entrapped.
  • noun law Action by law enforcement personnel to lead an otherwise innocent person to commit a crime, in order to arrest and prosecute that person for the crime.
  • noun chemistry A method of isolating specific cells or molecules from a mixture, especially by immobilization on a gel.

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  • noun a defense that claims the defendant would not have broken the law if not tricked into doing it by law enforcement officials


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From entrap +‎ -ment.


  • LISA BLOOM, COURT TV ANCHOR: Yes. that's a bad argument to raise, because, if you use the word entrapment, you admit to the underlying offense, but you say the cop made you do it.

    CNN Transcript Aug 31, 2007

  • Dealing with obesity - avoid short term entrapment

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  • Dealing with obesity - avoid short term entrapment

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  • That's not even "entrapment" -- as if Warman was some sort of uncover policeman.

    Who's afraid of Richard Warman? - Ezra Levant

  • That's not even "entrapment" -- as if Warman was some sort of uncover policeman.

    Ezra Levant: February 2008 Archives

  • The prosecution spotlighted a rare but gruesome accident called entrapment, in which powerful suction from a pool's drain traps a swimmer underwater.

    Owning Up to a Boy's Death

  • And in terms of, you know, entrapment, which is what took my child ` s life, and it has forever altered this little girl ` s, it ` s-- this is something where there is a fix for it.

    CNN Transcript Jul 6, 2007

  • I think that's called entrapment but what are you going to do?

    CNN Transcript Dec 8, 2006

  • Indeed, the show's styling reinforced the idea of entrapment and suffocation as intricately and beautifully woven, form-fitting death masks obscured the models' faces.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • While many will sympathise with him and question the ethics of what Triesman described as entrapment by a newspaper, the fact that his words were made public sealed his fate.

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    so technically, entrapment is a legal term, an interpretation of behavior by law enforcement that claims it can "trick" people into breaking the law; I will finish this tirade later. I just ended my lunch.

    November 30, 2007

  • Well, the definition itself doesn't imply that the defense is solid; it just says it's "a defense that claims..."

    November 30, 2007

  • You Americans with your "due process". In other common law countries the admissibility of evidence is judged against a balancing test, weighing up competing considerations such as knowledge of illegality, importance of the evidence, whether other evidence is available, the need to prevent serious crime, need to protect rights etc... none of this namby-pamby procedural exclusion.

    December 9, 2007

  • Umm...?

    December 9, 2007

  • Kewpid, a little less disdain might get your point across more easily. :-)

    December 10, 2007