- prosecution pros‧e‧cu‧tion [ˌprɒsɪˈkjuːʆn ǁ ˌprɑː-] noun [countable, uncountable] LAW1. 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
* * *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.
Financial and business terms. 2012.