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malicious prosecution

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  • n. A common law intentional tort which arises from a party (1) intentionally and maliciously instituting or pursuing (or causing to be instituted or pursued) a legal action (civil or criminal) that is (2) brought without probable cause and (3) dismissed in favor of the other party.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a wanton prosecution or arrest, by regular process in a civil or criminal proceeding, without probable cause.

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