Definition of entrapment in English:



mass noun
  • 1The state of being caught in or as in a trap.

    ‘the feeling of entrapment grows as the roads close and the power goes out’
    ‘nerve entrapment often occurs in throwing sports’
    • ‘These gases managed to escape entrapment of charcoal filters.’
    • ‘The feeling of entrapment grows as the roads close and the power goes out.’
    • ‘The book she becomes an emblem of her feeling of entrapment in her marriage.’
    • ‘Safety measures include metal detectors, closed circuit video, employee 'safe rooms' during emergencies, furniture arrangement to prevent entrapment of staff, and good lighting.’
    • ‘We get a shot of Ben staring into his fish tank, a recurring symbol that emphasizes Ben's feelings of entrapment and aloneness.’
    1. 1.1The action of tricking someone into committing a crime in order to secure their prosecution.
      ‘his style of investigation constitutes entrapment’
      • ‘His legacy reminds us that those who have grievances with the government can avoid entrapment by simply obeying the law while simultaneously working to establish justice.’
      • ‘He and his employers refute accusations that his style of investigation constitutes entrapment.’
      • ‘Critics said he devised stings that amounted to illegal entrapment.’
      • ‘Police conduct would not amount to improper entrapment where it did no more than present the defendant with an unexceptional opportunity to commit a crime.’
      • ‘The tactics were branded as tantamount to entrapment by a television presenter when they were discussed on her programme.’



/ɪnˈtrapm(ə)nt/ /ɛnˈtrapm(ə)nt/