pros·​e·​cu·​to·​ri·​al | \ˌprä-si-kyü-ˈtȯr-ē-əl \

Definition of prosecutorial 

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

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And so, that stops me in my -- in my prosecutorial tracks. Fox News, "Coons: Kavanaugh hearing should be paused for investigation," 27 Sep. 2018 The body, which does not have prosecutorial powers but which can recommend legal action, was established up in January by Zuma, just weeks before he was forced to resign in disgrace by his own party, the African National Congress. Krista Mahr, The Seattle Times, "South Africa opens inquiry into corruption during Zuma rule," 20 Aug. 2018 Comey, by his own account, thought the existence of the rumor was reason enough to break the norms surrounding the announcement of prosecutorial decisions. Elizabeth Drew, The New Republic, "The Slippery James Comey," 20 Apr. 2018 The Department of Justice, by contrast, like most policing agencies, has a strong culture of prosecutorial discretion. Margo Schlanger, Washington Post, "You’ve heard the calls to #AbolishICE. Here’s what that could mean.," 9 July 2018 Such conduct includes investigative or prosecutorial efforts that appear, under the totality of the circumstances, to be motivated by corruption, bias or entrapment. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Elizabeth Price Foley, WSJ, "Mueller’s Fruit of the Poisonous Tree," 22 June 2018 Assuming a prosecutorial role, Jefferson elicited damaging testimony against Burr on the promise of pardons. WSJ, "Five Best: Joyce Lee Malcolm," 28 June 2018 In 29 pages of bloodless prosecutorial language, Mueller sketches out a concerted and methodical effort to corrupt the American democratic process. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Truth Without Consequences," 13 July 2018 The Kansas secretary of state’s office has prosecutorial authority over election crimes. Roxana Hegeman, The Seattle Times, "Kansas official follows order, registers thousands to vote," 9 July 2018

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1934, in the meaning defined above

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pros·​e·​cu·​to·​ri·​al | \ˌprä-si-kyü-ˈtōr-ē-əl \

Legal Definition of prosecutorial 

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

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