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[pruh-see-ding] /prəˈsi dɪŋ/
a particular action or course or manner of action.
proceedings, a series of activities or events; happenings.
the act of a person or thing that proceeds:
Our proceeding down the mountain was hindered by mud slides.
proceedings, a record of the doings or transactions of a fraternal, academic, etc., society.
proceedings, Law.
  1. the instituting or carrying on of an action at law.
  2. a legal step or measure:
    to institute proceedings against a person.
Origin of proceeding
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see proceed, -ing1
1, 2, 4. See process. Unabridged
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  • Some of the skeleton is still in the ground, and the parts that have been excavated are locked up in bankruptcy proceedings.
  • It seems to me the authorities left a lot to be desired in their proceedings.
  • Mason shuttled between stations, monitoring proceedings in his vehicle.
  • They receive milder prison sentences and higher damages in simulated legal proceedings.
  • The experimenter watched the proceedings from across the table.
  • Her behaviour during the proceedings of this case would have landed her in jail for contempt of court in any western judiciary.
  • Many governments are trying to shake up their lethargic legal systems in order to speed up bankruptcy proceedings.
  • In a second trial, for tax evasion, the proceedings were suspended and can be resumed immediately.
  • At their urging, prosecutors across the continent have launched proceedings.
  • Court proceedings begin for killing-spree suspect.
British Dictionary definitions for proceedings


an act or course of action
  1. the institution of a legal action
  2. any step taken in a legal action
(pl) the minutes of the meetings of a club, society, etc
(pl) legal action; litigation
(pl) the events of an occasion, meeting, etc
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Word Origin and History for proceedings

"records of the doings of a society," by 1824; see proceeding.



1510s, "action of going forward," verbal noun from proceed (v.). From 1550s as "what is done, conduct." Proceedings "records of the doings of a society" is attested by 1824.

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proceedings in Technology

(Proc.) A printed collection of papers presented at a conference or meeting, e.g. "The Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Microelectronics for Neural Networks and Fuzzy Systems". Along with learned journals, conference proceedings are a major repository of peer-reviewed research results.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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