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 The prosecutor, Geoffrey Berman, has been investigating the president’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. Author: Mary Clare Jalonick, Michael D. Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, "Barr to testify before House panel as Democrats examine politicization of Justice Department," 25 June 2020 Another career prosecutor, Elias, said the agency's leadership launched multiple investigations of marijuana mergers because Barr personally disfavors the cannabis industry. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "Career Justice Department attorneys to tell Congress leadership abused its power in Roger Stone case, other investigations," 24 June 2020 Kosovo President Hashim Thaci was indicted for a range of war crimes, including nearly 100 murders, a special prosecutor in The Hague announced Wednesday, just three days before the leader was due at the White House for a special summit with Serbia. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Kosovo President Hashim Thaci indicted for alleged war crimes ahead of planned White House meeting," 24 June 2020 However, the 53-year-old Virginia native holds no experience as a federal prosecutor, which is normally considered a prerequisite to being named as a U.S. attorney. Ariana Freeman, CBS News, "Schumer calls for investigation into firing of former U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman," 22 June 2020 The city prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, then dropped charges against Porter and three others who never went to trial. Bob Egelko,, "Why is it hard to convict police officers of homicide? One reason is authority, juror says," 22 June 2020 The prosecutor, Geoffrey Berman, departed on June 20th. The Economist, "Escapism in Oklahoma Donald Trump finds sanctuary in Tulsa," 21 June 2020 For years, its chief prosecutor has wanted to go after U.S. troops and senior U.S. defense officials for their conduct in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "White House Report Card: Trump moves to revive campaign, address race issues," 13 June 2020 The case was being closed because the main suspect, Stig Engstrom, died in 2000, the case’s chief prosecutor, Krister Petersson, told a news conference in Stockholm on Wednesday. Time, "Sweden Drops Investigation Into Unsolved 1986 Murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme," 10 June 2020

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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 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of prosecutor

: a lawyer who represents the side in a court case that accuses a person of a crime and who tries to prove that the person is guilty


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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