pros·​e·​cu·​tor | \ ˈprä-si-ˌkyü-tər How to pronounce prosecutor (audio) \

Definition of prosecutor

1 : a person who institutes a prosecution before a court

Examples of prosecutor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sanna, 34, was the prosecutor assigned to the 2014 assault case and argued vehemently that Tubbs should have been tried as an adult. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 Her public relations team in Spain and the prosecutor’s office in Barcelona did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Amy Cheng, Washington Post, 30 July 2022 Dettelbach, who is a former federal prosecutor and U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, was sworn in July 19 to run ATF, the law enforcement agency in charge of enforcing the nation's gun and explosives laws. Abc News, ABC News, 28 July 2022 Facing constant scrutiny from the prosecutor’s office, Mr. Yashin stepped down as council head in 2021, said Yelena Kotenochkina, who took over council leadership. New York Times, 27 July 2022 The assault charge against the civilian, who was being arrested on what authorities described as a violent felony when the incident occurred, was prompted by Pullease holding the spray to the man’s face, the prosecutor’s office said. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 22 July 2022 The prosecutor’s office will review the findings and determine whether to bring criminal charges. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 20 July 2022 Zelensky has appointed acting heads to the SBU and prosecutor’s office. Susie Blann,, 18 July 2022 Following the complaint, the accused was taken into custody and preliminary investigation was conducted by the Paris prosecutor’s office. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 11 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of prosecutor

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prosecutor was in 1593

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“Prosecutor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for prosecutor


pros·​e·​cu·​tor | \ ˈprä-si-ˌkyü-tər How to pronounce prosecutor (audio) \

Kids Definition of prosecutor

: a lawyer in a criminal case who tries to prove that the accused person is guilty


pros·​e·​cu·​tor | \ ˈprä-si-ˌkyü-tər How to pronounce prosecutor (audio) \

Legal Definition of prosecutor

1 : a person who institutes a prosecution (as by making an affidavit or complaint charging the defendant)
2 : a government attorney who presents the state's case against the defendant in a criminal prosecution


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