citizen's arrest

noun

Definition of citizen's arrest

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

Examples of citizen's arrest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Martin made a citizen's arrest, according to a County of Riverside Sheriff's Department Order of Arrest. Amir Vera, CNN, "A California man was beaten after being mistaken for a suspected child predator," 18 Aug. 2019 O'Malley said in the release that citizen's arrests are legal, but dangerous. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "County prosecutors say trio who brought teen car thieves to police station in trunk of car committed no felonies," 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of citizen's arrest

1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Citizen's arrest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/citizen's%20arrest. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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citizen's arrest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of citizen's arrest

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

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Legal Definition of citizen's arrest

see arrest

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