[ 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.

Origin of prosecution

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

OTHER WORDS FROM prosecution

non·pros·e·cu·tion, noun

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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 person Compare defence (def. 6)
the following up or carrying on of something begun, esp with a view to its accomplishment or completion