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entrap vt

: to cause (a person) to commit a crime by means of undue persuasion, encouragement, or fraud in order to later prosecute [police him into violating the literal terms of a criminal statute "W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr."]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.