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entrapment

[en-trap-muh nt]
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noun
  1. the luring by a law-enforcement agent of a person into committing a crime.
  2. an act or process of entrapping.
  3. a state of being entrapped.

Origin of entrapment

First recorded in 1590–1600; entrap + -ment
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entrapment

noun
  1. the luring, by a police officer, of a person into committing a crime so that he may be prosecuted for it
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Word Origin and History for entrapment

n.

1590s, from entrap + -ment. Criminal investigation sense first attested 1899.

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