ar·​rest·​able | \ ə-ˈre-stə-bəl also a- How to pronounce arrestable (audio) \

Definition of arrestable

of a criminal offense
: identified by statute as an offense for which arrest is authorized broadly : of a sufficiently serious nature or committed in such circumstances that arrest is authorized Berzon noted that under Washington law, the officers had no authority to take Brooks into custody: Failure to sign a traffic infraction is not an arrestable offense, and it's not illegal to resist an unlawful arrest. — Mike Carter, Seattle Times, 2 Oct. 2010

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First Known Use of arrestable

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arrestable

arrest entry 1 + -able

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The first known use of arrestable was in 1880

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“Arrestable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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