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 Archibald Cox is appointed special prosecutor in the Watergate investigation. CNN, 6 June 2021 Cameron's office acted as the special prosecutor tasked with reviewing officer conduct in Taylor's death; Taylor's family and activists have heavily criticized Cameron's handling of the case after no one was charged for her death. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, 6 June 2021 But the following December, a special prosecutor was appointed to take a new look at Mr. Donovan’s construction company activities after an allegation surfaced that had not been passed on to the Senate at the time of the hearing. New York Times, 5 June 2021 Other House Democrats suggested Attorney General Merrick Garland appoint a special prosecutor to probe the attacks, though this was also not among the options Pelosi presented to her caucus. Rebecca Kaplan, CBS News, 2 June 2021 Another special prosecutor is investigating whether to bring misdemeanor charges against Cleveland officer John Kazimer. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 28 May 2021 The case was erased after a year, under a deal with special prosecutor Todd Flood, who said Shekter Smith's cooperation with investigators was important. Ed White, Detroit Free Press, 19 May 2021 Womble said Tuesday that a special prosecutor was not accountable to the people of North Carolina’s seven-county First Judicial District., 18 May 2021 Each special prosecutor starts without a comprehensive understanding of the case, interviews and evidence, Weisberg said. oregonlive, 15 May 2021

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Prosecutor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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