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.
Recent Examples on the Web In the federal case, if convicted, Bateman faces a maximum of 60 years in custody for two counts of destruction of records and one count of tampering with an official proceeding. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, 18 Sep. 2022 Tarrio pleaded not guilty earlier this week to charges of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding and six other felonies. Tom Jackman And Spencer S. Hsu, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Apr. 2022 Earlier this year, Fairlamb pleaded guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers, and agreed to cooperate with the FBI and pay a $2,000 restitution, CBS News reports. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 10 Nov. 2021 The Victims After the judge declared a mistrial, Halstead said the decision would compel the victims to relive their trauma once again at a new proceeding. Fox News, 6 Sep. 2022 There are other ways to address the issue, including a change in the law that would permit student loans to be discharged through a bankruptcy proceeding. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Sep. 2022 Connecticut State Police troopers are searching for a man who fled the Hartford Superior Court on foot during a proceeding on Thursday. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 25 Aug. 2022 Preferred equity is processed differently in the situation of bankruptcy proceeding because APE units are above common stock and yet lower than debt in capital structure. Lucy Brewster, Fortune, 24 Aug. 2022 Cineworld is expected to start a chapter 11 proceeding in the U.S. and is considering an insolvency process in the U.K., the report said. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of proceeding

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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