proceedings pro‧ceed‧ings [prəˈsiːdɪŋz] noun [plural]
LAW actions taken in a law court or legal case:

• The company's creditors asked an Ontario court to begin formal proceedings against the company.

ˈbankruptcy proˌceedings LAW FINANCE
a legal case taken against someone who is unable to pay their debts, in order to share their assets among the people and businesses that they owe money to — see also stay of proceedings

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proceedings UK US /prəˈsiːdɪŋz/ noun [plural] LAW
the actions that are taken in a court of law: commence/enter into/start proceedings »

The plaintiffs commenced proceedings for breach of contract.

proceedings against sb/sth »

Financial institutions have started legal proceedings against him for defaulted loans.

proceedings for sth »

He commenced proceedings for damages for professional negligence against the defendant.


civil/criminal proceedings


deportation/divorce/foreclosure proceedings

See also BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS(Cf. ↑bankruptcy proceedings), STAY OF PROCEEDINGS(Cf. ↑stay of proceedings)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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