pros·​e·​cu·​to·​ri·​al ˌprä-si-kyü-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce prosecutorial (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a prosecutor or prosecution

Examples of prosecutorial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With former president Donald Trump now accused of 91 felonies in four historic indictments, the legal woes of his erstwhile senior trade adviser, Peter Navarro, have been reduced to a prosecutorial sideshow. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, 5 Sep. 2023 The ruling administratively and temporarily stays Judge Tanya Chutkan's decision to bar Trump from publicly targeting court staff, potential witnesses and members of special counsel Jack Smith's prosecutorial team, a ruling Trump asked the higher court to put on hold. Robert Legare, CBS News, 3 Nov. 2023 The first argued a dismissal was warranted because of grand jury bias, inadmissible and insufficient evidence, and prosecutorial misconduct. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 26 Oct. 2023 Liddy is a former Marine whose prosecutorial career largely dealt with civil cases regarding fraud. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Oct. 2023 Gardner had spearheaded the effort to free Johnson after her conviction integrity unit uncovered prosecutorial misconduct and shoddy police work in his case. Jeremy Kohler, ProPublica, 10 Oct. 2023 Over the past decade, environmental and racial justice protests across the country have become the proving grounds for aggressive prosecutorial strategies. Jenna Ruddock, The New Republic, 25 Sep. 2023 Away from the courtroom, Mr. Bennett cast Clifford as a victim of prosecutorial abuses, condemning Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau for trying to have Clifford’s assets frozen. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2023 In some cases, critics have noted that the prosecutorial tactic of using rappers’ lyrics against them steps on First Amendment protections. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prosecutorial was in 1934

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“Prosecutorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Legal Definition


pros·​e·​cu·​to·​ri·​al ˌprä-si-kyü-ˈtōr-ē-əl How to pronounce prosecutorial (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a prosecutor or prosecution
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