prosecution

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

pros·e·cu·tion

noun \ˌprä-si-ˈkyü-shən\

: the act or process of holding a trial against a person who is accused of a crime to see if that person is guilty

the prosecution : the side of a legal case which argues that a person who is accused of a crime is guilty : the lawyer or lawyers who prosecute someone in a court case

: the act of doing or continuing to do something

Full Definition of PROSECUTION

1
:  the act or process of prosecuting; specifically :  the institution and continuance of a criminal suit involving the process of pursuing formal charges against an offender to final judgment
2
:  the party by whom criminal proceedings are instituted or conducted
3
obsolete :  pursuit

Examples of PROSECUTION

  1. There has been an increase in prosecutions for gun-related crimes.
  2. The defendant is awaiting prosecution.
  3. The prosecution called their first witness.
  4. The prosecution rests, Your Honor.
  5. The defense told the jury that the prosecution had not proved its case.

First Known Use of PROSECUTION

1567

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

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