prosecution pros‧e‧cu‧tion [ˌprɒsɪˈkjuːʆn ǁ ˌprɑː-] noun [countable, uncountable] LAW
1. the process or act of bringing a charge against someone for a crime, or of being judged for a crime in a court of law:

• The evidence is now sufficient to bring a prosecution against him.

• Making false statements in adverts may lead to criminal prosecution.

2. the prosecution the lawyers in a court of law who try to prove that someone is guilty of a crime:

• the chief witness for the prosecution

• The prosecution asked for costs to be awarded against the defendants.

— compare defence

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prosecution UK US /ˌprɒsɪˈkjuːʃən/ noun LAW
[C or U] the process of officially accusing someone in a court of law of committing a crime: face prosecution (for sth) »

The company faces prosecution for breaches of safety regulations.

bring a prosecution against sb »

They decided to bring a private prosecution against the boy's alleged killers.

(also the prosecution) [S] the lawyers who try to prove that a person accused of committing a crime is guilty: »

The prosecution claims that the company tried to mislead investigators by lying under oath.

Compare DEFENCE(Cf. ↑defence)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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