[ 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

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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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