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PROSECUTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prosecution mean? 

PROSECUTION (noun)
  The noun PROSECUTION has 3 senses:

1. the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
2. the lawyers acting for the state to put the case against the defendant
3. the continuance of something begun with a view to its completion

  Familiarity information: PROSECUTION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PROSECUTION (noun)


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Meaning:

The institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

criminal prosecution; prosecution

Hypernyms ("prosecution" is a kind of...):

action; action at law; legal action (a judicial proceeding brought by one party against another; one party prosecutes another for a wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a wrong)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "prosecution"):

double jeopardy (the prosecution of a defendant for a criminal offense for which he has already been tried; prohibited in the fifth amendment to the United States Constitution)

Holonyms ("prosecution" is a part of...):

trial ((law) legal proceedings consisting of the judicial examination of issues by a competent tribunal)

Antonym:

defense (a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him)


Sense 2prosecution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The lawyers acting for the state to put the case against the defendant

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("prosecution" is a kind of...):

accumulation; aggregation; assemblage; collection (several things grouped together or considered as a whole)

Antonym:

defense (the defendant and his legal advisors collectively)


Sense 3prosecution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The continuance of something begun with a view to its completion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

pursuance; prosecution

Hypernyms ("prosecution" is a kind of...):

continuance; continuation (the act of continuing an activity without interruption)


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