prosecutor

noun

pros·​e·​cu·​tor ˈprä-si-ˌkyü-tər How to pronounce prosecutor (audio)
1
: a person who institutes a prosecution before a court
2

Examples of prosecutor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What followed was a parody of criminal justice, as Russian prosecutors heaped on charges against Navalny, who continued to rail against Putin. Nathan Hodge, CNN, 17 Feb. 2024 Every wrongful conviction that is undone leaves behind a group of individuals who had a role in sending that innocent person to prison and who must now contend with their conscience: the detectives, prosecutors, judge, jurors. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, 16 Feb. 2024 That prosecutor could continue the case, make changes — such as adding or dropping charges or defendants — or even drop the case altogether. Michael Levenson, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Judge Hill allowed a few family members to speak, though prosecutors asked for more. Jasmine Hilton, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Arango, the Miami attorney with the firm Akerman who is representing Rocha and formerly worked as a longtime federal prosecutor, signed the title transfers as a witness. Nora Gamez-Torres, Miami Herald, 16 Feb. 2024 In 2022, Beijing spent 1.44 trillion yuan (around $202 billion) on domestic security, a category of expenses covering the regular police, the MSS, the People’s Armed Police, courts, prosecutors, and prisons—which is roughly equivalent to its total defense spending. Minxin Pei, Foreign Affairs, 6 Feb. 2024 In November, prosecutors sought a five-year prison sentence along with a 500 million won ($376,000) fine for Lee on charges of stock-price rigging and accounting fraud. Yoolim Lee, Fortune Asia, 5 Feb. 2024 Some see a new prosecutor as an opportunity to strengthen Jackson County’s CIU. Katie Moore, Kansas City Star, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of prosecutor was in 1593

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“Prosecutor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prosecutor. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

prosecutor

noun
pros·​e·​cu·​tor ˈpräs-i-ˌkyüt-ər How to pronounce prosecutor (audio)
: a person (as a district attorney) who prosecutes especially a criminal case as lawyer for the state

Legal Definition

prosecutor

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