proceeding

noun
pro·​ceed·​ing | \ prō-ˈsē-diŋ How to pronounce proceeding (audio) , prə-\

Definition of proceeding

1 : legal action a divorce proceeding
2 : procedure
3 proceedings plural : events, happenings
5 proceedings plural : an official record of things said or done

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Synonyms for proceeding

Synonyms

action, lawsuit, suit

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Examples of proceeding in a Sentence

The secretary kept a record of the proceedings at the meeting. She started the proceedings with a brief welcoming speech. The proceedings of the conference will be published.
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Levandowski repeatedly asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during the legal proceedings surrounding the lawsuit. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Ex-Uber Engineer Levandowski Charged With Trade-Secret Theft," 27 Aug. 2019 The legal proceedings against Jason Andrew McGilvray both opened and closed on Thursday in San Diego federal court. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Border Patrol agent pleads guilty to hitting migrant in face," 27 Aug. 2019 Jay Schwartz, who previously represented the trash hauler in several legal proceedings, is facing three counts of bribery and bribery conspiracy in the probe, according to an indictment in U.S. District Court unsealed Tuesday. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Attorney who represented Rizzo trash hauler indicted in Macomb County corruption probe," 6 Aug. 2019 Such a clause would say, in so many words, that if Williamson’s litigation with Ford drags Jordan Brand into legal proceedings, Williamson would indemnify Jordan Brand for any associated costs or damages. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "How Michael Jordan Could Become Connected to Zion Williamson's Lawsuit," 2 Aug. 2019 Löfven refused, pointing out that the government can’t meddle in legal proceedings. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Trump and Sweden don't see eye to eye – on anything," 2 Aug. 2019 The unfortunate dispute with our financial partner and the resulting legal proceedings set us off course at a critical juncture, throwing a wrench in our plans and forcing us to find an alternate venue to Watkins Glen. Brianne Tracy, PEOPLE.com, "Woodstock 50 Officially Canceled as Concert Co-Founder Blames 'Unforeseen Setbacks'," 31 July 2019 The unfortunate dispute with our financial partner and the resulting legal proceedings set us off course at a critical juncture, throwing a wrench in our plans and forcing us to find an alternate venue to Watkins Glen. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Woodstock 50 Officially Canceled," 31 July 2019 The Government is not allowed, and will not attempt, to influence legal proceedings. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Trust the process, &c.," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of proceeding

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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proceeding

noun

English Language Learners Definition of proceeding

law : the process of appearing before a court of law so a decision can be made about an argument or claim : a legal action
: things that are said or done at a meeting, conference, ceremony, etc.
formal : an official record of the things said or done at a meeting, conference, etc.

proceeding

noun
pro·​ceed·​ing

Legal Definition of proceeding

1 : a particular step or series of steps in the enforcement, adjudication, or administration of rights, remedies, laws, or regulations: as
a : an action, hearing, trial, or application before the court
collateral proceeding
: a proceeding that concerns an order, motion, petition, or writ deriving from or sought in relation to another proceeding (as a trial) a collateral proceeding on a motion to have the judge in a pending trial disqualified especially : one in which a collateral attack on a judgment is made sought to avoid the effect of the judgment in a collateral proceeding after denial of a direct appeal
core proceeding
: a proceeding (as one instituted by a debtor against a creditor) that is integral to the administration of a bankruptcy estate and so falls under the jurisdiction of the bankruptcy court
non-core proceeding
: a proceeding involving a matter that relates to a bankruptcy case but that does not arise under bankruptcy laws, that could be adjudicated in a state court, and over which a bankruptcy court has limited authority
special proceeding
: a proceeding (as for condemnation or disbarment) that may be commenced independently of a pending action by petition or motion and from which a final order affecting a substantial right may be immediately appealed special proceedings created exclusively by statute where a special procedure is appropriate and warrantedSosebee v. County Line Sch. Dist., 897 S.W.2d 556 (1995)
summary proceeding
: a civil or criminal proceeding in the nature of a trial that is conducted without formalities (as indictment, pleadings, and usually a jury) for the speedy and peremptory disposition of a matter
supplementary proceeding
: a proceeding to discover the assets of a judgment debtor also : a proceeding that in some way supplements another
b : a hearing conducted by an administrative body
c : a criminal prosecution or investigation
2  plural : an official record of things done or said

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