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Having the quality or function of prosecuting; of, relating to, or involving prosecution. In later use only in legal contexts.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Collins (1576–1651), college head. From prosecute or its etymon classical Latin prōsecūt-, past participial stem of prōsequī + -ive, perhaps partly after post-classical Latin prosecutivus following. Compare Middle French prosecutif repeated, continuous.
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