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 The same proceeding cleared the parents of all abuse allegations. Morgan Cook, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2021 The likelihood of ferreting out such bad behavior by cops without a fact-finding proceeding is slim. Stuart Schrader, The New Republic, 27 May 2021 And the outcome of a legal proceeding is not necessarily the same as the delivery of justice. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Apr. 2021 Yet even Stalin thought some kind of judicial proceeding was necessary. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 19 Apr. 2021 The House was waiting, at least in part, to determine the outcome of negotiations between Senate Democrats and Republicans over the shape of a highly unusual proceeding. New York Times, 15 Jan. 2021 Of the 190 people charged with obstructing an official proceeding, the second felony Schaffer faces, where the maximum sentence is 20 years, the guidelines range for those who plead guilty is 41 to 51 months. Author: Tom Jackman, Spencer S. Hsu, Anchorage Daily News, 13 May 2021 Reffitt faces a variety of charges, including obstructing an official proceeding, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. Joshua Kaplan And Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, 11 May 2021 She has been indicted on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of an official proceeding and destruction of government property. John Caniglia, cleveland, 11 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of proceeding

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Proceeding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proceeding. Accessed 13 Jun. 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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