Definition of prosecution in US English:

prosecution

noun

  • 1The institution and conducting of legal proceedings against someone in respect of a criminal charge.

    ‘they lacked the funds to embark on private prosecutions’
    ‘Olesky faces prosecution on charges he spied for Russian intelligence’
    • ‘Individuals can bring private prosecutions in the criminal courts, but cases are rare.’
    • ‘To respond to mass atrocity with legal prosecutions is to embrace the rule of law.’
    • ‘The prosecution follows a project carried out by the council's trading standards office last August.’
    • ‘It could be used in court at an application for a parenting order or during a prosecution for truancy.’
    • ‘Again the driver was offered a chance to go on the course rather than face prosecution.’
    • ‘Companies have been warned that they could be liable to prosecution if employees use their property to pirate music.’
    • ‘Two people are facing possible prosecutions for malicious or criminal damage.’
    • ‘Such clauses need not prevent the prosecution of meritorious suits.’
    • ‘Whether or not the police did so, the prosecution of the accused proceeded on the evidence against them.’
    • ‘Much of the ground might therefore be covered by the law of attempts and by prosecutions for complicity in attempts.’
    • ‘The threat that hung over those who did not apply was that they might face future prosecution.’
    • ‘The five traders caught in the first sweep are currently being interviewed with a view to prosecution.’
    • ‘Certainly, he contends, Parliament never intended to impose a filter for criminal prosecutions.’
    • ‘He warned that those which continued to serve out of hours could face prosecution and possible closure.’
    • ‘Businesses without a new licence in August face prosecution if they continue to trade.’
    • ‘The four who faced criminal prosecutions are expected to petition the Law Lords to hear their appeals.’
    • ‘They should also consider private prosecutions where a conviction is likely and it is in the public interest to prosecute.’
    • ‘As they had indicated, the prosecution did not proceed further against her husband.’
    • ‘That conduct consisted in the prosecution and settlement of the earlier action.’
    • ‘Underpayments will have to be back-paid to employees or employers face prosecution.’
    indictment, accusation, denunciation, trial, charge, summons, citation
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    1. 1.1the prosecutiontreated as singular or plural The party instituting or conducting legal proceedings against someone in a lawsuit.
      ‘the main witness for the prosecution’
      • ‘The prosecution said the teenager was seen carrying objects around and hurling stones during the disturbances.’
      • ‘He later became the chief state witness for the prosecution in the arms trial.’
      • ‘The defendant has the right to call witnesses and to cross-examine any witness called by the prosecution.’
      • ‘Did the prosecutor at trial ever indicate a reason for not calling him as a witness for the prosecution?’
      • ‘The onus is on the prosecution to show cause why bail should be denied because the person lacks mental capacity.’
      • ‘The prosecution alleged that failing to discharge their roles had contributed to the four deaths.’
      • ‘At trial, the prosecution called a number of remand witnesses to give evidence.’
      • ‘It moves the onus of proof from the defendant to the prosecution, as recommended by public health experts.’
      • ‘Either the prosecution proves that the accused had the requisite intent, or it does not.’
      • ‘That is the way in which the prosecution conducted its case and it is the way in which her Honour summed up to the jury.’
      • ‘He could be both a victim and a witness for the prosecution at such a trial.’
      • ‘In this court that waiting room is only for the witnesses of the prosecution.’
      • ‘The prosecution, of course, says that this is just a case of the hair breaking in half.’
      • ‘It is not purely for the benefit of the prosecution to have the suspect picked out.’
      • ‘My submission on that would be it is a duty upon the prosecution to ensure the indictment is in proper form.’
      • ‘In that case the court had before it not only the privileged material but the prosecution's response to it.’
      • ‘The prosecution chose this course rather than have her video played to the jury.’
      • ‘Once he had raised this issue the prosecution was obliged to disprove it if they were to secure a conviction.’
      • ‘They are frequently of great importance both to the prosecution and to the defence in the conduct of the trial.’
      • ‘Whether the prosecution proceed with that retrial is a matter for their judgment.’
      legal action, lawsuit, suit at law, case, court case, action, cause, legal proceeding, legal process, proceedings, judicial proceedings, litigation, trial, legal contest, legal dispute, bringing to book, bringing of charges, indictment
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  • 2The continuation of a course of action with a view to its completion.

    ‘the network's prosecution of its commercial ends’
    execution, application, carrying out, carrying through, performance, enactment, administration
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Origin

Mid 16th century (in prosecution (sense 2)): from Old French, or from late Latin prosecutio(n-), from prosequi ‘pursue, accompany’ (see prosecute).

Pronunciation

prosecution

/ˌpräsəˈkyo͞oSH(ə)n//ˌprɑsəˈkjuʃ(ə)n/