Definition of citizen's arrest in English:

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citizen's arrest

Pronunciation: /ˈˌsidizənz əˈrest/ Pronunciation: /ˈˌsidisənz əˈrest/


An arrest by an ordinary person without a warrant, allowable in certain cases.
Example sentences
  • If the defendant has any power to interfere with the plaintiff's liberty, it lies in its powers to effect a citizen's arrest.
  • So you and I could go and arrest someone, and basically there are other sort of provisions in other Acts, but the main thing is that they can make a citizen's arrest but they cannot go and hound and harass people.
  • We're told staff from the daycare center made a citizen's arrest for trespassing.

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Syllabification: cit·i·zen's ar·rest

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