the prosecution

noun

Definition of the prosecution

: the side of a legal case which argues that a person who is accused of a crime is guilty : the lawyer or lawyers who prosecute someone in a court case The prosecution called their first witness. The defense told the jury that the prosecution had not proved its case. often used before another nounprosecution attorneys/lawyers

Learn More about the prosecution

Statistics for the prosecution

Cite this Entry

“The prosecution.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20prosecution. Accessed 6 December 2019.

Comments on the prosecution

What made you want to look up the prosecution? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

very cautious or careful

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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