an arrest made by a private citizen whose authority derives from the fact of citizenship.
Words nearby citizen's arrest
Origin of citizen's arrest
First recorded in 1950–55
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British Dictionary definitions for 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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