ar·​rest·​ee | \ ə-ˌre-ˈstē How to pronounce arrestee (audio) \

Definition of arrestee

: a person who is under arrest

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The procedure at police stations is to pat down detainees and, if that search reveals anything, a metal detecting wand is used to scan the arrestee. Peter Nickeas,, "How did an inmate get a loaded gun into Cook County Jail?," 10 July 2019 Russell Bartlett, the arrestee, contended that the arrest was in retaliation for exercising his First Amendment rights. Jack Greiner,, "Arctic Man festival leads to First Amendment challenge," 11 June 2019 In the wake of the American Civil Liberties Union’s test where 28 members of Congress were wrongly identified as arrestees via its Rekognition facial recognition service, some of those lawmakers have now raised serious concerns to the tech giant. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Amazon wrongly IDed 28 members of Congress, and they’re not happy about it," 27 July 2018 Instead, the museum added a room containing a table where confessions were wrung from arrestees, along with a reproduction of a prison cell. David Segal, New York Times, "A Monster to History, Stalin Is a Tourist Magnet in His Hometown," 30 June 2019 The spokesman added that by freeing officers from having to process arrestees, more officers are available to patrol the system. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Fare Evasion Costs the MTA $215 Million," 3 Dec. 2018 Twelve arrestees face federal charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin, opioids or methamphetamine. Jonathan Drew, Fox News, "Drug sweep of North Carolina tribal land nets 76 arrests," 27 Sep. 2018 They were also instructed to ask whether the arrestee had applied for asylum with the government of Mexico. Dara Lind, Vox, "Border Patrol agents now have to ask everyone they catch if they’re part of the caravan," 2 Nov. 2018 Law enforcement officials said the arrestees include a mix of people who live on the reservation and outsiders. Jonathan Drew, Fox News, "Drug sweep of North Carolina tribal land nets 76 arrests," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of arrestee

1944, in the meaning defined above

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ar·​res·​tee | \ ə-ˌres-ˈtē How to pronounce arrestee (audio) \

Legal Definition of arrestee

: a person who is or was under arrest

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