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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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 Caleb Berry plans to plead guilty to two felonies -- conspiracy and obstruction of a congressional proceeding -- for his role in temporarily stopping the Electoral College process on January 6. Marshall Cohen, CNN, 20 July 2021 In accordance with local court rules, all participants and viewers of the virtual proceeding were not allowed to digitally record any of the six-hour hearing. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 13 July 2021 But the contentious challenge for control of the unprofitable San Diego company, which Adamis claims is a shakedown, could resurface this fall depending on the outcome of a legal proceeding in Delaware Chancery Court. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 July 2021 The new charge is for obstructing an official proceeding and aiding or abetting, which allows for up to 20 years in prison under federal law. BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2021 The Tampa crane operatorpleaded guilty to one felony count of obstructing an official proceeding of Congress and faces sentencing July 19 in Washington. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 Not everyone was happy to be there, a transcript of the proceeding shows. Washington Post, 27 June 2021 His 2010 report came complete with interview transcripts, akin to a grand jury proceeding. BostonGlobe.com, 26 June 2021 The judge also rejected Nelson's request for a Schwartz hearing, a proceeding in which jurors are recalled to court and questioned about possible misconduct. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, 26 June 2021

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First Known Use of proceeding

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of proceeding was in the 15th century

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“Proceeding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proceeding. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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