- the institution and carrying on of legal proceedings against a person.
- the body of officials by whom such proceedings are instituted and carried on.
- the following up of something undertaken or begun, usually to its completion.
Origin of prosecution
Examples from the Web for prosecution
It was unclear whether he was speaking on behalf of the Foreign Ministry or the Prosecution.Canadians in Egyptian Jail Might Be Under Suspicion For Film Footage
October 3, 2013
State appeals Olmert acquittal - Prosecution appeals former PM's acquittal in Rishon Tours and Talansky affairs.Ring, Ring
November 8, 2012
The Harris County D.A.'s office won the Innocence Project of Texas' “Honesty and Integrity in Prosecution Award” last fall.Pat Lykos: Texas' Capital Punishment Avenger
April 4, 2011
By the way (to Counsel for the Prosecution), Have we any witnesses?
The zeal which the latter evinced in his Prosecution of Hastings.
The Prosecution hoped to show that this chain was the one which I had said had been stolen.My Memoirs
The Prosecution's first battle against the "higher-ups" had brought no victory.
"Big Jim" Gallagher, the Prosecution's leading witness, disappeared.
- the act of prosecuting or the state of being prosecuted
- the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a person
- the proceedings brought in the name of the Crown to put an accused on trial
- the lawyers acting for the Crown to put the case against a personCompare defence (def. 6)
- the following up or carrying on of something begun, esp with a view to its accomplishment or completion
Word Origin and History for prosecution
1560s, "action of pursuing," from Middle French prosecution (late 13c.) and directly from Late Latin prosecutionem (nominative prosecutio) "a following," noun of action from past participle stem of prosequi (see prosecute). Meaning "legal action" is from 1630s.