prosecution

noun
pros·​e·​cu·​tion | \ ˌprä-si-ˈkyü-shən How to pronounce prosecution (audio) \

Definition of prosecution

1 : the act or process of prosecuting specifically : the institution and continuance of a criminal suit involving the process of pursuing formal charges against an offender to final judgment
2 : the party by whom criminal proceedings are instituted or conducted
3 obsolete : pursuit

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Examples of prosecution in a Sentence

There has been an increase in prosecutions for gun-related crimes. The defendant is awaiting prosecution. The prosecution called their first witness. The prosecution rests, Your Honor. The defense told the jury that the prosecution had not proved its case.
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Recent Examples on the Web In response, Putin tried to equate the treatment of political opposition in Russia with the prosecution of members of the mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. BostonGlobe.com, 16 June 2021 First, the government must prioritize the prosecution of those who menace election officials. Lawrence Norden And Matthew Weil, CNN, 16 June 2021 The prosecution of Lee was Seoul’s main claim to success in taking on the tycoon class hoarding the fruits of national growth. William Pesek, Forbes, 15 June 2021 The county’s courts effectively stopped all criminal trials during the COVID-19 pandemic, and have only recently begun to hold trials again, including the high-profile murder prosecution of real estate scion Robert Durst. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2021 Police groups like the NAPO argue that accountability exists in other forms and that cases like the criminal prosecution of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin were not ultimately impacted by qualified immunity. Matthew Brown, USA Today, 13 June 2021 Jones, 63, of Corsicana, Tex., agreed to cooperate with the government in the prosecution of others, and as a result, prosecutors sought a lower prison sentence. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 Mueller made no decision on whether to charge Trump because of a Justice Department policy barring prosecution of sitting presidents. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 Nigeria’s attorney general has called for the swift prosecution of those who continue to use Twitter but has not indicated how they will be identified and punished. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 10 June 2021

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First Known Use of prosecution

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prosecution was in 1545

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“Prosecution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prosecution. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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prosecution

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prosecution

: the act or process of holding a trial against a person who is accused of a crime to see if that person is guilty
: the side of a legal case which argues that a person who is accused of a crime is guilty : the lawyer or lawyers who prosecute someone in a court case
formal : the act of doing or continuing to do something

prosecution

noun
pros·​e·​cu·​tion | \ ˌprä-si-ˈkyü-shən How to pronounce prosecution (audio) \

Kids Definition of prosecution

1 : the act of carrying on a legal action against a person accused of a crime in court
2 : the lawyers in a criminal case trying to prove that the accused person is guilty The prosecution will try to prove it was murder.

prosecution

noun
pros·​e·​cu·​tion | \ ˌprä-si-ˈkyü-shən How to pronounce prosecution (audio) \

Legal Definition of prosecution

1 : the act or process of prosecuting especially : the institution and carrying on of a criminal action involving the process of seeking formal charges against a person and pursuing those charges to final judgment
2 : the party by whom criminal proceedings are instituted or conducted — compare defense sense 3, plaintiff

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