citizen's arrest

noun

Definition of citizen's arrest

  1. :  an arrest made not by a law officer but by a citizen who derives authority from the fact of being a citizen

First Known Use of citizen's arrest

1940


CITIZEN'S ARREST Defined for English Language Learners

citizen's arrest

noun

Definition of citizen's arrest for English Language Learners

  • : an arrest made by a citizen rather than by the police


Law Dictionary

citizen's arrest

  1. see arrest

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