citizen's arrest
noun Date: 1941 an arrest made not by a law officer but by a citizen who derives authority from the fact of being a citizen

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  • citizen's arrest — see arrest Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. citizen s arrest …   Law dictionary

  • citizen's arrest — n. an arrest made by a citizen who is not a law officer, as allowed under common law or by statute …   English World dictionary

  • citizen's arrest — citizen s ar rest n when a person who is not a police officer catches someone and presents them to the police because they have done something illegal ▪ Brown made a citizen s arrest when a youth attempted to rob an elderly woman …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Citizen's arrest — A citizen s arrest is an arrest made by a person who is not acting as a sworn law enforcement official.[1] In common law jurisdictions, the practice dates back to medieval Britain and the English common law, in which sheriffs encouraged ordinary… …   Wikipedia

  • citizen's arrest — noun : an arrest made not by a law officer but by a citizen who derives authority from the fact of being a citizen * * * noun, pl ⋯ rests [count] : an arrest made by a citizen rather than by the police * * * ˌcitizen s ˈarrest 7 [citizen s arrest …   Useful english dictionary

  • citizen's arrest — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms citizen s arrest : singular citizen s arrest plural citizen s arrests an arrest made by an ordinary person, not a police officer …   English dictionary

  • citizen's arrest — noun (C) the act of taking someone to a police station because you think they have done something wrong: make a citizen s arrest: The stallholder made a citizen s arrest …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • citizen's arrest — citizen s ar rest noun count an arrest made by an ordinary person, not a police officer …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • citizen's arrest — cit′izen s arrest′ n. lawg an arrest made by a private citizen whose authority derives from the fact of citizenship • Etymology: 1950–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • citizen's arrest — /sɪtəzənz əˈrɛst/ (say situhzuhnz uh rest) noun an arrest made by a private citizen, permissible only where the offender is caught in the act …   Australian English dictionary

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