• WordNet 3.6
    • n prosecution the continuance of something begun with a view to its completion
    • n prosecution the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
    • n prosecution the lawyers acting for the state to put the case against the defendant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prosecution 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. "Keeping a sharp eye on her domestics . . . in prosecution of their various duties."
    • Prosecution (Law) The institution and carrying on of a suit in a court of law or equity, to obtain some right, or to redress and punish some wrong; the carrying on of a judicial proceeding in behalf of a complaining party, as distinguished from defense.
    • Prosecution (Law) The institution, or commencement, and continuance of a criminal suit; the process of exhibiting formal charges against an offender before a legal tribunal, and pursuing them to final judgment on behalf of the state or government, as by indictment or information.
    • Prosecution (Law) The party by whom criminal proceedings are instituted.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prosecution A following after; a pursuing; pursuit.
    • n prosecution The act or process of prosecuting, or pursuing with the object of obtaining or accomplishing something; pursuit by endeavor of body or mind; the carrying on or following up of any matter in hand: as, the prosecution of a scheme or undertaking; the prosecution of war or of commerce; the prosecution of a work, argument, or inquiry.
    • n prosecution The institution and carrying on of a suit in a court of law or equity to obtain some right or to redress and punish some wrong: as, the prosecution of a claim in chancery.
    • n prosecution The institution and continuance of a criminal suit; the process of exhibiting formal charges or accusations before a legal tribunal and the pressing of them: as, prosecutions by the crown or by the state.
    • n prosecution The party by whom proceedings are instituted: as, such a course was adopted by the prosecution.
    • n prosecution See the adjectives.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Prosecution the act of prosecuting or pursuing, esp. a civil or criminal suit: the party by which legal proceedings are instituted
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “We leave unmolested those who set the fire to the house, and prosecute those who sound the alarm.”
  • Luther Burbank
    Luther Burbank
    “Nature's law affirm instead of prohibit. If you violate her laws, you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. prosecutio, a following
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. prosequipro, onwards, sequi, secutus, to follow.


In literature:

In the case of any person killed while in commission of a felony, no prosecution may be brought in any degree, against anybody.
"Little Fuzzy" by Henry Beam Piper
None of them gave a positive opinion against the grounds of the prosecution.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VIII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The Company ordered him to prosecute those people, and their constitution required that they should be prosecuted.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Don't prosecute him; if you do, he will make revelations that will startle the town.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
The works had been prosecuted with unremitting industry, but were far from being completed.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 3 (of 5)" by John Marshall
Donley, here, I'll prosecute.
"Judith of Blue Lake Ranch" by Jackson Gregory
Their watch, their secret watch over their charge, was prosecuted indefatigably.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
We know little concerning the grounds of his prosecution.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part C. From Henry VII. to Mary" by David Hume
These impeachments were never prosecuted.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part F. From Charles II. to James II." by David Hume
Besides the newspapers already mentioned, Cooper prosecuted the "Oneida Whig," published at Utica.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury

In poetry:

But for his horrid murder vile
None did him prosecute;
His old friend help'd him o'er the stile;
With Satan who dispute?
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
Prosecuted-- and that's jes what--!
How'd I know which train's fer me?
And how'd I know which train was not--?
Goern and comin' and gone astray,
And backin' and switchin' ever'-which-way!
"The Train Misser" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Will any key figures face prosecution.
There are six inmates on death row that Madison County District Attorney Rob Broussard prosecuted and he continues to think Amy Bishop should have been the seventh.
Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard has lost his fight to have US Attorney Jim Letten's entire office disqualified from prosecuting him for payroll fraud.
Recent prosecutions in Connecticut have not resulted in jail time.
She states that the solicitor said the person arrested for dealing drugs was never prosecuted.
In surprising testimony, a witness for the prosecution may have given the American student the best chance for freedom NBC's Keith Miller reports.
When a murder case drags on for 40 years, evidence grows thin, witnesses disappear from the scene and prosecution becomes increasingly problematic.
Islamabad admits it has enough evidence to prosecute Lashkar commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi for his involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks.
Two other men have been accused of hindering prosecution.
That means 16 and 17-year olds will be prosecuted in the same fashion as minors, currently considered to be those aged 15 and under.
MI5 head Jonathan Evans said Wednesday prosecutions have reduced risk.
Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara will not be prosecuting a public lewdness case in the city of Utica.
A Simi Valley Police detective took the stand as a prosecution witness to talk about white supremacy in the trial of a Ventura County teenager accused of shooting to death a classmate.
Even more sickening, at least to me, is that this behavior is not prosecuted.
As mobster Whitey Bulger prepares to go to trial, his former associate — now prosecution witness — Kevin Weeks isn't doing any interviews.

In science:

Because we believe that after being pardoned nobody can be prosecuted again for the same crime, and we do not believe in reincarnation, either, our choice is to use self-loops in the terminal states, yielding a “Russian roulette” model.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
Of course, if laughter afforded displeasure the social function of humour would change: the society would try to get rid of it by censorship, prosecution of witty people and so on.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
His disciple Vincenzo Viviani will write, time-after, that then, with the polemic of the book titled ”Saggiatore”, the eternal prosecution of Galileo actions and discourses began.
Dream of a Christmas lecture