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citizen's arrest

noun, Law.
an arrest made by a private citizen whose authority derives from the fact of citizenship.
Origin of citizen's arrest
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for citizen's arrest
  • Anyone can make a citizen's arrest if he or she sees a misdemeanor being attempted or committed.
  • Construed as a citizen's arrest, the delay was unnecessary.
  • The trial court further noted the doctrine of citizen's arrest, which would support as valid, an arrest made by a civilian.
  • Respondent was placed under citizen's arrest for petty theft and the police were contacted.
  • He suggested citizens call law enforcement or make a citizen's arrest for video poker violators.
  • The police were called and a citizen's arrest complaint signed for theft of property.
British Dictionary definitions for citizen's arrest

citizen's arrest

an arrest carried out by an ordinary member of the public rather than an officer of the law
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