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  1. entrapmentnoun

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


  1. entrapmentnoun

    The state of being entrapped.

    The entrapment of the victims in the wreckage made rescue difficult.

  2. entrapmentnoun

    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.

    A detective asking you to buy marijuana for a dying man would be police entrapment.

  3. entrapmentnoun

    A method of isolating specific cells or molecules from a mixture, especially by immobilization on a gel.


  1. Entrapment

    Entrapment is a practice in which a law enforcement agent or agent of the state induces a person to commit a "crime" that the person would have otherwise been unlikely or unwilling to commit. It "is the conception and planning of an offense by an officer or agent, and the procurement of its commission by one who would not have perpetrated it except for the trickery, persuasion or fraud of the officer or state agent".Police conduct rising to the level of entrapment is broadly discouraged and thus, in many jurisdictions, is available as a defense against criminal liability. Sting operations, through which police officers or agents engage in deception to try to catch persons who are committing crimes, raise concerns about possible entrapment.Depending on the law in the jurisdiction, the prosecution may be required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was not entrapped or the defendant may be required to prove that they were entrapped as an affirmative defense. In the practice of journalism and whistle-blowing entrapment means "deceptive and trust-breaking techniques ... applied to trick someone to commit a legal or moral transgression."


  1. entrapment

    Entrapment is a legal term referring to a situation where a law enforcement agency induces or encourages a person to commit a crime that they would not have otherwise committed, with the intention of arresting and prosecuting them for that crime. This practice is generally considered unethical and is a recognized defense in many legal systems.


  1. Entrapment

    In criminal law, entrapment is conduct by a law enforcement agent inducing a person to commit an offense that the person would otherwise have been unlikely to commit. In many jurisdictions, entrapment is a possible defense against criminal liability. Depending on the law in the jurisdiction, the prosecution may be required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was not entrapped or the defendant may be required to prove that he was entrapped as an affirmative defense. Sting operations are fraught with ethical concerns over whether they constitute entrapment.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of entrapment in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of entrapment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of entrapment in a Sentence

  1. Dan Bishop:

    There's a unified theme through all that. The FBI is pushing the line as hard as it can go on prosecutorial misconduct, entrapment, trying to come up with the finest of distinctions to be able to use that deliberately in order to create politically charged prosecutions.

  2. Sean Fitzgerald:

    We have an active entrapment situation.

  3. Jennifer Lavers:

    I think these studies of crab entrapment really validate and showcase the wildlife benefits of going and doing these cleanups, there is a silver lining that I hope it gives people the motivation and the reassurance that cleanups can be and are worthwhile.


    I came legally to america to help the people, but here is what I witnessed as a black man. I see a system of entrapment for blacks which has been set in place for years and has been concretized and solidified in such ways with racism as the driving catalyst, and gate keeper. this makes it almost impossible for blacks to excel-so my reggae sings-no chains around my feet, but still I'm not free? can you imagine people building a system which enslaves them? define freedom in america!

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