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  1. Law.
    1. prosecuting attorney.
    2. a person, as a complainant or chief witness, instigating prosecution in a criminal proceeding.
  2. a person who prosecutes.
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Origin of prosecutor

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin, Late Latin prōsecūtor pursuer. See prosecute, -tor
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Related Words for prosecutor

detective, police, examiner, researcher, agent, auditor, inspector, analyst, prosecutor, government, complainant, litigant, sleuth, reporter, spy, informer, murderer, terrorist, competitor, rival

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British Dictionary definitions for prosecutor


  1. a person who institutes or conducts legal proceedings, esp in a criminal court
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Word Origin and History for prosecutor


1590s, from Medieval Latin prosecutor, agent noun from prosequi (see prosecute). Specific legal sense of "one who brings a case in a court of law" is from 1620s; earlier such a person was a promoter (late 15c.). Related: Prosecutorial.

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