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.
an act or process of entrapping: Depth filters consist of pressed fibers, which use entrapment to remove suspended particles and prevent clogging.
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How to use entrapment in a sentence
Pertaining to these battlefield tactics, the Aztec war machine focused on the entrapment of their enemies, as opposed to choosing preferential areas for conducting their military actions.History of the Aztec Warriors: The Grim Fighters of Mexico | Dattatreya Mandal | June 20, 2022 | Realm of History
A letter from him warning about the risk of entrapment is published on the company’s website.Another child dies in home elevator accident, days after regulators pushed for recall | Todd Frankel | July 14, 2021 | Washington Post
A Washington Post investigation last year reported that the elevator industry had known for decades about the entrapment problem — along with a simple fix, a $100 to $200 space guard to fill the door gap.After years of devastating home elevator accidents, first safety recall announced | Todd Frankel | December 17, 2020 | Washington Post
Kelly fought his case on the grounds of entrapment but ultimately lost.The Real Story and Lesson of the Abscam Sting in ‘American Hustle’ | Jimmy So | December 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He did not want to make them suspicious or open himself up to accusations of entrapment later on.NYPD on the Real ‘Enemies Within’: Going Undercover With Jihadis | Michael Daly | September 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
During a recent interview with miner Samuel Avalos, it was clear the reminders of the entrapment were never far away.
He estimated that roughly one third of the men were experiencing extremely complicated symptoms as a result of their entrapment.
During the first 17 days of entrapment, with no contact to the outside world, the men built a unique underground society.
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
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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