Asylum meaning

ə-sīləm
A place where one is safe and secure; refuge.
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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.
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A place of protection or restraint for one or more classes of the disadvantaged, especially the mentally ill.
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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.
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Protection and immunity from extradition granted by a government to a political refugee from another country.
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An institution for the care of people, especially those with physical or mental impairments, who require organized supervision or assistance.
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The protection given by a sanctuary or refuge or by one country to refugees from another country.
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A place of refuge, sanctuary, or shelter, especially an institution for the maintenance and care of people requiring special assistance.
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A place of safety.
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The protection, physical and legal, afforded by such a place.
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A sanctuary, as a temple, where criminals, debtors, etc. were safe from arrest.
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An institution for the care of the mentally ill, or of the aged, the poor, etc.
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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.

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Origin of asylum

  • Middle English asilum refuge from Latin asȳlum from Greek asūlon sanctuary from neuter of asūlos inviolable a- without a–1 sūlon right of seizure

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin asylum.

    From Wiktionary