Definition of prosecution in English:

prosecution

noun

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

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

Pronunciation:

prosecution

/ˌpräsəˈkyo͞oSH(ə)n/