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prosecutor

[pros-i-kyoo-ter] /ˈprɒs ɪˌkyu tər/
noun
1.
Law.
  1. prosecuting attorney.
  2. a person, as a complainant or chief witness, instigating prosecution in a criminal proceeding.
2.
a person who prosecutes.
Origin of prosecutor
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin, Late Latin prōsecūtor pursuer. See prosecute, -tor
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prosecutor

/ˈprɒsɪˌkjuːtə/
noun
1.
a person who institutes or conducts legal proceedings, esp in a criminal court
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Word Origin and History for prosecutor
n.

1590s, from Medieval Latin prosecutor, agent noun from prosequi (see prosecute). Specific legal sense of "one who brings a case in a court of law" is from 1620s; earlier such a person was a promoter (late 15c.). Related: Prosecutorial.

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