prosecuting attorney


: an attorney who conducts proceedings in a court on behalf of the government : district attorney

Examples of prosecuting attorney in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The prosecuting attorney will serve a four-year term, and Taylor makes $164,000 a year. Rachel Spacek, Idaho Statesman, 22 May 2024 In a brief hearing Wednesday afternoon, Jeremy Baldwin, assistant prosecuting attorney, told the presiding judge that the prosecutor’s officer planned to file the death penalty notice. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for prosecuting attorney 

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Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prosecuting attorney was in 1820

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“Prosecuting attorney.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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Legal Definition

prosecuting attorney

: an attorney who represents the government in instituting and proceeding with criminal actions : district attorney

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