American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of prosecuting.
- n. The institution and conduct of a legal proceeding.
- n. See prosecuting attorney.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A following after; a pursuing; pursuit.
- n. The act or process of prosecuting, or pursuing with the object of obtaining or accomplishing something; pursuit by endeavor of body or mind; the carrying on or following up of any matter in hand: as, the prosecution of a scheme or undertaking; the prosecution of war or of commerce; the prosecution of a work, argument, or inquiry.
- n. The institution and carrying on of a suit in a court of law or equity to obtain some right or to redress and punish some wrong: as, the prosecution of a claim in chancery.
- n. The institution and continuance of a criminal suit; the process of exhibiting formal charges or accusations before a legal tribunal and the pressing of them: as, prosecutions by the crown or by the state.
- n. The party by whom proceedings are instituted: as, such a course was adopted by the prosecution.
- n. See the adjectives.
- n. The act of prosecuting a scheme or endeavor.
- n. law The institution of legal proceedings (particularly criminal) against a person.
- n. law The prosecuting party.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act or process of prosecuting, or of endeavoring to gain or accomplish something; pursuit by efforts of body or mind
- n. The institution and carrying on of a suit in a court of law or equity, to obtain some right, or to redress and punish some wrong; the carrying on of a judicial proceeding in behalf of a
complainingparty, as distinguished from defense.
- n. The institution, or commencement, and continuance of a criminal suit; the process of exhibiting formal charges against an offender before a legal tribunal, and pursuing them to final judgment on behalf of the state or government, as by indictment or information.
- n. The party by whom criminal proceedings are instituted.
- n. the lawyers acting for the state to put the case against the defendant
- n. the continuance of something begun with a view to its completion
- n. the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
- From Late Latin prōsecutio, from Latin prōsequor ("follow, pursue"), from pro- ("onward") + sequor ("follow") (English sequel). Compare persecution, and see more at prosecute. (Wiktionary)
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“The defendant has quite a lot to lose in the case while the only thing at stake for the prosecution is the reputation of the prosecutor.”
“Termination of the prosecution is a welcome development.”
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“Their actions are proof enough of that, and their prosecution is a good thing.”
“If this kind of prosecution is upheld it could lead to a witchhunting due to personal conflicts within military personnel.”
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“There's been a monumental and highly significant change in German prosecution policy, "the centre's head, Efraim Zuroff, told the German Press Agency dpa.”
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