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

Definition of proceeding

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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Padilla did not enter the guilty plea during the proceeding but the court docket shows a plea agreement was filed Sept. 22, the same day she was charged. Patrick Danner,, "Centro San Antonio bookkeeper who allegedly embezzled $291K strikes plea deal," 7 Oct. 2020 Further details of the grand jury proceeding were released Friday. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dueling demonstrations tackle debate over policing," 3 Oct. 2020 That same year, however, another Arise executive, testifying in a legal proceeding, disclosed that most of these businesses are hardly businesses at all. Ken Armstrong, ProPublica, "Meet the Customer Service Reps for Disney and Airbnb Who Have to Pay to Talk to You," 2 Oct. 2020 He has been forced by a judge to release the recording of that proceeding. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Daniel Cameron's decision in the Breonna Taylor case is being picked apart. Here's why," 30 Sep. 2020 He has been forced by a judge to release the recording of that proceeding. Darcy Costello, USA TODAY, "Kentucky AG's decision in the Breonna Taylor case is being picked apart. Here's why.," 30 Sep. 2020 Kentucky's attorney general has agreed to release the recordings of the secret grand jury proceeding that considered charges against three officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Dylan Lovan, Star Tribune, "AG agrees to release grand jury tapes in Breonna Taylor case," 29 Sep. 2020 In the Supreme Court's brief order granting a review of the matter, known as a writ of certiorari, the court vacated the circuit court judge's four identical gag orders pertaining to the four defendants in the criminal proceeding. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, "High court invalidates gag order," 26 Sep. 2020 The statement does not mention Brown or any disciplinary proceeding against her. Alicia Fabbre,, "Matteson District 159 finance director, facing termination proceedings, hired by Virginia school district," 26 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of proceeding

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Oct 2020

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“Proceeding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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.



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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