Definition of Prosecution

1. Noun. The institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior.

Exact synonyms: Criminal Prosecution
Generic synonyms: Action, Action At Law, Legal Action
Group relationships: Trial
Specialized synonyms: Double Jeopardy
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Antonyms: Defense
Derivative terms: Prosecute, Prosecute

2. Noun. The lawyers acting for the state to put the case against the defendant.
Generic synonyms: Accumulation, Aggregation, Assemblage, Collection
Antonyms: Defense

3. Noun. The continuance of something begun with a view to its completion.
Exact synonyms: Pursuance
Generic synonyms: Continuance, Continuation
Derivative terms: Prosecute, Pursue

Definition of Prosecution

1. n. The act or process of prosecuting, or of endeavoring to gain or accomplish something; pursuit by efforts of body or mind; as, the prosecution of a scheme, plan, design, or undertaking; the prosecution of war.

Definition of Prosecution

1. Noun. The act of prosecuting a scheme or endeavor. ¹

2. Noun. (legal) The institution of legal proceedings (particularly criminal) against a person. ¹

3. Noun. (legal) The prosecuting party. ¹

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Definition of Prosecution

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Prosecution

prosector's wart
prosecuting attorney
prosecuting officer
prosecution (current term)
prosecution histories
prosecution history
prosecution history estoppel
prosecutive case
prosecutive cases

Literary usage of Prosecution

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"In a prosecution for keeping a bonse of prostitution, evidence held to sustain ... The statute upon which this prosecution rests is as follows: "If any ..."

2. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone, Thomas McIntyre Cooley (1884)
"OF THE SEVERAL MODES OF prosecution. THE next step towards the punishment of offenders is their prosecution, or the manner of their formal accusation. ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"We are thus brought to the question whether a criminal prosecution for a ... Those who may possibly he witnesses, either for the prosecution эт for the ..."

4. The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England by John Campbell Campbell (1845)
"The Catholics were most active in the prosecution of Anne Boleyn, and the divorce of Anne of Cleves; the Reformers had been equally active in the divorce of ..."

5. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland (1892)
"prosecution.—The act of conducting or waging a proceeding in court.4 The means adopted to bring a supposed offender to justice and punishment by due course ..."

6. Essentials of the Law of Damages by Ralph Stanley Bauer (1919)
"Malicious prosecution is a wrongful prosecution of one person by, ... In order to maintain his action for malicious prosecution, the plaintiff must show ..."

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