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prosecution

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noun pros·e·cu·tion \ˌprä-si-ˈkyü-shən\

Simple Definition of prosecution

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prosecution

  1. 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. 2 :  the party by whom criminal proceedings are instituted or conducted

  3. 3 obsolete :  pursuit

Examples of prosecution in a sentence

  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.



1567

First Known Use of prosecution

1567



PROSECUTION Defined for Kids

prosecution

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noun pros·e·cu·tion \ˌprä-si-ˈkyü-shən\

Definition of prosecution for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of carrying on a legal action against a person accused of a crime in court

  2. 2 :  the lawyers in a criminal case trying to prove that the accused person is guilty <The prosecution will try to prove it was murder.>




Law Dictionary

prosecution

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noun pros·e·cu·tion \ˌprä-si-ˈkyü-shən\

Legal Definition of prosecution

  1. 1 :  the act or process of prosecuting; especially :  the institution and carrying on of a criminal action involving the process of seeking formal charges against a person and pursuing those charges to final judgment

  2. 2 :  the party by whom criminal proceedings are instituted or conducted — compare defense 3, plaintiff





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