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.

1590–1600; entrap + -ment

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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 & History

1597, from en- "make, put in" + trap (v.). Criminal investigation sense first attested 1899.
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in law, instigation or inducement of a person into the commission of a crime by an officer of the law

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Example sentences
Recently, law review articles on entrapment have caught my attention.
My proposal is deceitful, of course, and some people may have moral qualms
  about out-and-out lying and entrapment.
Locally, there were complaints of entrapment and a feeling that many trivial
  charges were lumped together with few serious ones.
There can be a fine line between genuine prevention and entrapment.
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