What does prosecution mean?

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ˌprɒs ɪˈkyu ʃənpros·e·cu·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prosecution, criminal prosecutionnoun

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

  2. prosecutionnoun

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

  3. pursuance, prosecutionnoun

    the continuance of something begun with a view to its completion


  1. prosecutionnoun

    The act of prosecuting a scheme or endeavor.

    The prosecution of the war fell to Winston Churchill.

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

  2. prosecutionnoun

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

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

  3. prosecutionnoun

    The prosecuting party.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prosecutionnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. prosecutio a following.]

  2. Prosecutionnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. prosecutio a following.]

  3. Prosecutionnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. prosecutio a following.]

  4. Prosecutionnoun

    the party by whom criminal proceedings are instituted

    Etymology: [L. prosecutio a following.]

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  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

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  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

Examples of prosecution in a Sentence

  1. William Hochul Jr.:

    This New Year's Eve prosecution underscores the threat of ISIL even in upstate New York but demonstrates our determination to immediately stop any who would cause harm in its name.

  2. Alejandro Mayorkas:

    We know where those 42 individuals are on the TSDB, the terrorist screening database, let me share with you what happens : They can be removed, they can be placed into custody for criminal prosecution, they can be cooperating in a law enforcement investigation, and I don't intend to provide that data publicly if it's law enforcement-sensitive. But we know where those 42 are, and I did not want to speak to the disposition of each and every one of them.

  3. David Jaros:

    I have a feeling that the prosecution sees this as a closer loss than they might have expected and, if they're not emboldened, I think they're going forward with the case against Officer Goodson relatively unchanged.

  4. Paul Reichler:

    How can anyone possibly expect the Tatmadaw to hold itself accountable for genocidal acts against the Rohingya, when six of its top generals including the commander-in-chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, have all been accused of genocide by the UN fact-finding mission and recommended for criminal prosecution.

  5. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:

    A tribunal established by the Council would ensure broad international support for prosecutions and would maximise the prospects of securing international cooperation, which will be necessary for an effective prosecution.

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