[ en-trap-muhnt ]
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  1. Law. the luring by a law-enforcement agent of a person into committing a crime: Defense lawyers in cases involving sting operations often accuse the F.B.I. of entrapment.

  2. an act or process of entrapping: Depth filters consist of pressed fibers, which use entrapment to remove suspended particles and prevent clogging.

  1. a state of being entrapped: nerve entrapment;sea turtle entrapment.

Origin of entrapment

First recorded in 1590–1600; entrap + -ment

Words Nearby entrapment

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How to use entrapment in a sentence

  • The class looked at the master, as if appealing from the irregular entrapment of this mode of examination.

    Our Mutual Friend | Charles Dickens
  • Beneath the fur robe she was soft and white, and the subtle scent of her hair seemed a deeper entrapment than any.

    The Door Through Space | Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • With the concurrence of the police authorities, very little was said publicly respecting my entrapment.

    Recollections of a Policeman | William Russell (aka Thomas Waters)
  • Somewhere among the fungi of the cliffside the huge spider who had built this web awaited the entrapment of prey.

    The Forgotten Planet | Murray Leinster
  • His entrapment by the detestable Cora is so painful that perhaps I was glad to think it also slightly incredible.

British Dictionary definitions for entrapment


/ (ɪnˈtræpmənt) /

  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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