What does Prosecution mean?

Definitions for Prosecutionˌprɒs ɪˈkyu ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Prosecution.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prosecution, criminal prosecution(noun)

    the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior

  2. prosecution(noun)

    the lawyers acting for the state to put the case against the defendant

  3. pursuance, prosecution(noun)

    the continuance of something begun with a view to its completion


  1. prosecution(Noun)

    The act of prosecuting a scheme or endeavor.

    The prosecution of the war fell to Winston Churchill.

  2. prosecution(Noun)

    The institution of legal proceedings (particularly criminal) against a person.

  3. prosecution(Noun)

    The prosecuting party.

  4. Origin: From prosecutio, from prosequor, from pro- + sequor (English sequel). Compare persecution, and see more at prosecute.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prosecution(noun)

    the act or process of prosecuting, or of endeavoring to gain or accomplish something; pursuit by efforts of body or mind; as, the prosecution of a scheme, plan, design, or undertaking; the prosecution of war

  2. Prosecution(noun)

    the institution and carrying on of a suit in a court of law or equity, to obtain some right, or to redress and punish some wrong; the carrying on of a judicial proceeding in behalf of a complaining party, as distinguished from defense

  3. Prosecution(noun)

    the institution, or commencement, and continuance of a criminal suit; the process of exhibiting formal charges against an offender before a legal tribunal, and pursuing them to final judgment on behalf of the state or government, as by indictment or information

  4. Prosecution(noun)

    the party by whom criminal proceedings are instituted

  5. Origin: [L. prosecutio a following.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Prosecution' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4284

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Prosecution' in Nouns Frequency: #1535


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Prosecution in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Prosecution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Trey Gowdy:

    There is no theory of the prosecution, this is not a prosecution.

  2. Fred Westerbeke:

    I really believe we will have a prosecution, yes, will the suspect be arrested and handed over for prosecution? That is more difficult to answer.

  3. Rukshana Nanayakkara:

    China's fight against corruption focuses on prosecution, a very top-down way of fighting corruption, the whole campaign of catching 'tigers' and 'flies,' and from this summer the 'foxhunt' (the worldwide operation to track down fugitive officials) they all talk about prosecution, punishing people.

  4. Michael McCann:

    The prosecution now has a more difficult case in convincing a jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Aaron Hernandez murdered Odin Lloyd, while there remains incriminating evidence, such as video of Hernandez the night of the murder and an inexplicable use of a cleaning service at Hernandez's home, the loss of Odin Lloyd's text messages is a significant blow to the prosecution.

  5. Kendall Coffey:

    ...Violence toward a U.S. citizen - like those who have been cruelly murdered by ISIS – could potentially provide jurisdiction for U.S. prosecution. If individuals can be identified who knowingly made oil purchases funding the terrorist agenda of ISIS, those individuals might be considered for very serious federal crimes, even though there could be complicated issues of arrest and extradition.

Images & Illustrations of Prosecution

  1. ProsecutionProsecutionProsecution

Translations for Prosecution

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for Prosecution »


Find a translation for the Prosecution definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these Prosecution definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"Prosecution." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 24 Oct. 2017. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/Prosecution>.

Are we missing a good definition for Prosecution? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for Prosecution:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.