- 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.
- 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.
- Obsolete 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 impairments, who require organized supervision or assistance.
Origin of asylumMiddle English asilum, refuge, from Latin as&ymacron;lum, 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.