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Entrapment is inducement to commit a crime, especially by authorities, to get a conviction. The implication is that the person might otherwise have been unlikely to commit the crime. In some countries, entrapment is a possible defence against criminal liability.
Another similar term is agent provocateur, an older French term for the person who does the inducing.
- Inducement: trap or trick or persuade or offer help
- Concise Oxford Dictionary p451.