Definition of prosecution in English:

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Pronunciation: /prɒsɪˈkjuːʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The institution and conducting of legal proceedings against someone in respect of a criminal charge: the organizers are facing prosecution for noise nuisance [count noun]: they lacked the funds to embark on private prosecutions
More example sentences
  • Two people are facing possible prosecutions for malicious or criminal damage.
  • To respond to mass atrocity with legal prosecutions is to embrace the rule of law.
  • Certainly, he contends, Parliament never intended to impose a filter for criminal prosecutions.
1.1 (the prosecution) [treated as singular or plural] The party instituting or conducting legal proceedings against someone in a lawsuit: the main witness for the prosecution
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  • Whether the prosecution proceed with that retrial is a matter for their judgment.
  • At trial, the prosecution called a number of remand witnesses to give evidence.
  • Did the prosecutor at trial ever indicate a reason for not calling him as a witness for the prosecution?
2The continuation of a course of action with a view to its completion: the BBC’s prosecution of its commercial ends


Mid 16th century (in sense 2): from Old French, or from late Latin prosecutio(n-), from prosequi 'pursue, accompany' (see prosecute).

Words that rhyme with prosecution

ablution, absolution, allocution, attribution, circumlocution, circumvolution, Confucian, constitution, contribution, convolution, counter-revolution, destitution, dilution, diminution, distribution, electrocution, elocution, evolution, execution, institution, interlocution, irresolution, Lilliputian, locution, perlocution, persecution, pollution, prostitution, restitution, retribution, Rosicrucian, solution, substitution, volution

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