[ pros-i-kyoo-shuh n ]
/ ˌprɒs ɪˈkyu ʃən /


  1. the institution and carrying on of legal proceedings against a person.
  2. 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.

Nearby words

  1. prosect,
  2. prosector,
  3. prosectorial,
  4. prosecute,
  5. prosecuting attorney,
  6. prosecutor,
  7. prosecutorial,
  8. prosecutory,
  9. proselyte,
  10. proselytical

Origin of prosecution

1555–65; < Late Latin prōsecūtiōn- (stem of prōsecūtiō) a following up. See prosecute, -ion

Related formsnon·pros·e·cu·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prosecution


/ (ˌprɒsɪˈkjuːʃən) /


the act of prosecuting or the state of being prosecuted
  1. the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a person
  2. 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
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