Definition of prosecution in English:


Line breaks: pros|ecu¦tion
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
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    • 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).

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