Prosecution - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌprɑːsɪˈkjuːʃn|  American pronunciation of the word prosecution
Brit.  |prɒsɪˈkjuːʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word prosecution


- the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
- the lawyers acting for the state to put the case against the defendant
- the continuance of something begun with a view to its completion (syn: pursuance)


There has been an increase in prosecutions for gun-related crimes.

The defendant is awaiting prosecution.

The prosecution called their first witness.

The prosecution rests, Your Honor.

The defense told the jury that the prosecution had not proved its case.

Walters could face prosecution for his role in the robbery.

The evidence is not sufficient to bring a prosecution against him.

The prosecution has new evidence to submit to the court.

...although the rebuttal was very eloquent, the jury negatived it in favor of the prosecution's argument...

The prosecution discredited the witness by showing that she had lied in the past.

an agreement providing indemnity against prosecution

...received a subpoena to appear as a witness for the prosecution...

Then the prosecution wheeled in a surprise witness.

The evidence does not support the prosecution's case.

The prosecution's main witness was close to tears as she described the assault.

Word forms

singular: prosecution
plural: prosecutions
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