- A hospital for the mentally ill is an example of an asylum.
- A country that accepted a person from another country that was in danger is an example of a country that gave asylum to that person.
The definition of asylum is protection, a place of rest or safety, or a place where people go when their mental condition keeps them from being able to live on their own.
- Obs. a sanctuary, as a temple, where criminals, debtors, etc. were safe from arrest
- a place where one is safe and secure; refuge
- the protection given by a sanctuary or refuge or by one country to refugees from another country
- an institution for the care of the mentally ill, or of the aged, the poor, etc.: in this sense, largely replaced by such terms as mental (or psychiatric) hospital, nursing home, etc.
Origin of asylumClassical Latin from Classical Greek asylon from asylos, inviolable from a-, without + sylon, right of seizure
- Protection and immunity from extradition granted by a government to a political refugee from another country.
- a. A place offering protection and safety; a shelter. See Synonyms at shelter.b. Protection or shelter; refuge: viewed her friend's apartment as a place of asylum.c. A place, such as a church, formerly constituting an inviolable refuge for criminals or debtors.
- An institution for the care of people, especially those with physical or mental disabilities, who require organized supervision or assistance.
Origin of asylumMiddle English asilum refuge from Latin asélum from Greek asūlon sanctuary from neuter of asūlos inviolable a- without ; see a- 1. sūlon right of seizure
- A place of safety.
- The protection, physical and legal, afforded by such a place.
- A place of protection or restraint for one or more classes of the disadvantaged, especially the mentally ill.
From Latin asylum.
asylum - Legal Definition
A place of refuge, sanctuary, or shelter, especially an institution for the maintenance and care of people requiring special assistance.political asylum
- The decision by a country’s government to allow within its border a person from another country and to protect that person from prosecution and persecution by that other country’s government.
- The protection and refuge granted by a country to citizens and residents of other countries who obtain entry unto the premises of its foreign embassies and consulates.