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 The details of that proceeding aren't public, and his current attorney declined to comment. Holly Ramer, Star Tribune, "Arrested youth detention center worker was fired, rehired," 6 May 2021 In addition to programming on the Fox News Channel, Fox News Digital will provide livestreams of the proceeding at Fox News, "LIVE UPDATES: Derek Chauvin murder trial continues Thursday," 15 Apr. 2021 The centerpiece of the proceeding, which is typically brief, is a complaint, usually sworn out by one of the arresting officers. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Al-Issa Makes First Court Appearance in Boulder," 25 Mar. 2021 After submitting some personal information, you are emailed a confirmation prior to the proceeding. Victoria Bekiempis, Wired, "How Covid Gums Up the Court System," 15 Feb. 2021 Senators spent the weekend haggling over the precise structure and rules of the proceeding, the first time in American history a former president will be put on trial. New York Times, "Impeachment Case Aims to Marshal Outrage of Capitol Attack Against Trump," 7 Feb. 2021 The city’s lawyers called other cities’ decisions to limit the launcher’s use irrelevant to the proceeding before the judge. oregonlive, "Sanctions for contempt? Lawyers for Don’t Shoot Portland seek ban on impact munitions, city proposes more police training," 13 Jan. 2021 Also in Kentucky, Jefferson Circuit Judge Charles Cunningham said in an email a lawyer called into his court for motion hour, failed to mute himself, fell asleep, then snored for the rest of the proceeding. Andrew Wolfson, USA TODAY, "Virtual court hearings in 2020 have it all: Nudity, beer, bikinis and barking dogs," 22 Dec. 2020 Islam Yaser-Abdel Said, 32, had pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to conceal a person from arrest, concealing a person from arrest, and conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, for helping his father, Yaser Said. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Irving man who helped fugitive father elude capture gets 10 years in prison," 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of proceeding

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 May 2021

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“Proceeding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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