ar·​rest·​ee ə-ˌre-ˈstē How to pronounce arrestee (audio)
: a person who is under arrest

Examples of arrestee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bail funds and local advocacy groups often pay for arrestees linked to certain causes to be released from jail as soon as possible. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 1 May 2024 Her family added the county failed to ensure the deputy didn’t text and drive and didn’t train him how to safely transport arrestees. Olivia Lloyd, Charlotte Observer, 6 Mar. 2024 Police could take potential arrestees there instead of booking them in to the jail. Brittany Wallman, Miami Herald, 11 Feb. 2024 The agency doesn't typically identify arrestees and didn't name those taken into custody on Monday. Selina Wang, ABC News, 16 Oct. 2023 Securing a court warrant before searching private communications was no longer required, for example, and arrestees were barred from their right to a defense attorney and their right to see a judge within 72 hours. Nelson Rauda Zablah, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Oct. 2023 Fewer arrestees were sent to jail, and inmate populations plummeted. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Oct. 2023 Whittier officials urged more comprehensive case reviews, citing previous experiences in which police officers were unaware of an arrestee’s prior bookings or citations in other jurisdictions. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2023 Canada issues warning for LGBTQ travelers in the United States AB 994: Names and pronouns of arrestees This policy would require a police department or sheriff’s office to use the name and pronouns given by the individual arrested when posting a booking photo on social media. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 27 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of arrestee was in 1944

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“Arrestee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


ar·​res·​tee ə-ˌres-ˈtē How to pronounce arrestee (audio)
: a person who is or was under arrest

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