pros·​e·​cu·​to·​ri·​al | \ ˌprä-si-kyü-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce prosecutorial (audio) \

Definition of prosecutorial

: of, relating to, or being a prosecutor or prosecution

Examples of prosecutorial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Reporter Bob Higgs took a look at prosecutorial discretion. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 11 July 2022 The opposition Labour Party — led by former lawyer Keir Starmer, whose prosecutorial style is the antithesis of the deliberately ragged Johnson — has opened a commanding lead over the Conservatives in the polls. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 7 July 2022 Surrounded in her office by renderings of Lady Justice, Becton wouldn’t touch questions about Boudin’s defeat or the attempt to short-circuit Gascón’s prosecutorial career. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2022 Cheney did not say what the committee, which does not have prosecutorial powers, intends to do with the information. Globe Staff,, 30 June 2022 Worthy said the project is the first in the nation to be dedicated to prosecutorial support and protection of members of the LGBTQ community. Navya Gupta, Detroit Free Press, 29 June 2022 Missouri defenders were paid significantly less than their prosecutorial counterparts; worked out of rundown, outdated offices; and labored under workloads that often rendered meaningful investigation of their cases impossible. Chris Pomorski, The New Republic, 23 June 2022 In the realm of domestic violence, for example, one effect of the feminist critique of privacy has been the rise of police and prosecutorial policies that were developed to counter an older regime of abuse-shielding marital privacy. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 The defense is also asking for a mistrial, claiming prosecutorial overreach. Aj Willingham, CNN, 11 Nov. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'prosecutorial.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of prosecutorial

1934, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About prosecutorial

Time Traveler for prosecutorial

Time Traveler

The first known use of prosecutorial was in 1934

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near prosecutorial




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for prosecutorial

Last Updated

27 Jul 2022

Cite this Entry

“Prosecutorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for prosecutorial


pros·​e·​cu·​to·​ri·​al | \ ˌprä-si-kyü-ˈtōr-ē-əl How to pronounce prosecutorial (audio) \

Legal Definition of prosecutorial

: of, relating to, or being a prosecutor or prosecution


Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!