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prosecution

[pros-i-kyoo-shuh n] /ˌprɒs ɪˈkyu ʃən/
noun
1.
Law.
  1. the institution and carrying on of legal proceedings against a person.
  2. the body of officials by whom such proceedings are instituted and carried on.
2.
the following up of something undertaken or begun, usually to its completion.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Late Latin prōsecūtiōn- (stem of prōsecūtiō) a following up. See prosecute, -ion
Related forms
nonprosecution, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-prosecution

prosecution

/ˌprɒsɪˈkjuːʃən/
noun
1.
the act of prosecuting or the state of being prosecuted
2.
  1. the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a person
  2. the proceedings brought in the name of the Crown to put an accused on trial
3.
the lawyers acting for the Crown to put the case against a person Compare defence (sense 6)
4.
the following up or carrying on of something begun, esp with a view to its accomplishment or completion
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Word Origin and History for non-prosecution

prosecution

n.

1560s, "action of pursuing," from Middle French prosecution (late 13c.) and directly from Late Latin prosecutionem (nominative prosecutio) "a following," noun of action from past participle stem of prosequi (see prosecute). Meaning "legal action" is from 1630s.

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