[ en-trap-muh nt ]
/ ɛnˈtræp mənt /


the luring by a law-enforcement agent of a person into committing a crime.
an act or process of entrapping.
a state of being entrapped.

Origin of entrapment

First recorded in 1590–1600; entrap + -ment
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British Dictionary definitions for entrapment


/ (ɪnˈtræpmənt) /


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



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

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