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

Word History


arrest entry 1 + -able

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arrestable was in 1880

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“Arrestable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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