What is arrest?

  • (noun): The state of inactivity following an interruption.
    Example: "The negotiations were in arrest"
    Synonyms: check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage
    See also — Additional definitions below


An arrest is the act of depriving a person of his or her liberty usually in relation to the purported investigation or prevention of crime and presenting (the arrestee) to a procedure as part of the criminal justice system. The term is Anglo-Norman in origin and is related to the French word arrêt, meaning "stop".

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Some articles on arrest:

Gregorius Nekschot - Political Reactions
... Immediately after the arrest, justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin, a Christian-Democrat, was criticized by a large part of parliament for the arrest ... the parties supporting the government, considered the manner in which the arrest was made 'disproportionate' ... The minister denied accusations made by members of the opposition that the arrest was politically motivated ...
Following Arrest
... While an arrest will not necessarily lead to a criminal conviction, it may nonetheless in some jurisdictions have serious ramifications such as absence from work, social stigma ... In the United States, a person who was not found guilty after an arrest can remove his arrest record through an expungement or (in California) a finding of factual innocence ... A legal action is sometimes filed against the government for wrongful arrest ...
Eduardo Arellano Félix - Arrest
... USD$5,000,000 for information leading to his arrest ... Although the arrests were blows to the Arellano Félix cartel it did not dismantle the organization, which is now being led by Eduardo's nephew, Luis Fernando Sánchez Arellano ...
Kelvin Kwan - Career - Arrest
... Kwan would not return to the entertainment industry until more than a year later when he released his next album, Here I Am on 22 September 2010. ...
Advanced Life Support - 2010 Changes
... ALS is a treatment consensus for cardiopulmonary resuscitation in cardiac arrest and related medical problems, as agreed in Europe by the European Resuscitation Council, most recently in 2010 ... further demotion of the precordial thump ongoing simplification expanded role for post-arrest hypothermia and emphasis on post-arrest normo-glycaemial.. ...

More definitions of "arrest":

  • (verb): Hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of.
    Example: "Arrest the downward trend"
    Synonyms: check, turn back, stop, contain, hold back
  • (verb): Cause to stop.
    Example: "Arrest the progress"
    Synonyms: halt, hold
  • (verb): Attract and fix.
    Synonyms: catch, get

Famous quotes containing the word arrest:

    One does not arrest Voltaire.
    Charles De Gaulle (1890–1970)

    The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. Since man is mortal, the only immortality possible for him is to leave something behind him that is immortal since it will always move. This is the artist’s way of scribbling “Kilroy was here” on the wall of the final and irrevocable oblivion through which he must someday pass.
    William Faulkner (1897–1962)

    Let me arrest thy thoughts; wonder with me,
    Why plowing, building, ruling and the rest,
    Or most of those arts, whence our lives are blest,
    By cursed Cain’s race invented be,
    And blest Seth vexed us with Astronomie.
    John Donne (c. 1572–1631)