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[pros-i-kyoo-ter] /ˈprɒs ɪˌkyu tər/
  1. prosecuting attorney.
  2. a person, as a complainant or chief witness, instigating prosecution in a criminal proceeding.
a person who prosecutes.
Origin of prosecutor
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin, Late Latin prōsecūtor pursuer. See prosecute, -tor Unabridged
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  • Being a prosecutor means never having to say you're sorry.
  • It was not immediately known if the prosecutor planned to retry the other defendants.
  • Carrion would not speculate about motives or suspects, saying only that the local prosecutor was conducting the investigation.
  • Weeks later the prosecutor was still trying to get her to confess.
  • It was not immediately known if the prosecutor planned to retry the defendants.
  • The prosecutor now faces charges of abusing his office.
  • If the prosecutor is obliged to choose his cases, it follows that he can choose his defendants.
  • The prosecutor has to ask for it, and the jury has to give it.
  • The prosecutor who initially pursued the lacrosse players, who was then up for election, is now facing disciplinary proceedings.
  • Few, however, expected the prosecutor to present such a feast of bad behaviour.
British Dictionary definitions for prosecutor


a person who institutes or conducts legal proceedings, esp in a criminal court
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Word Origin and History for prosecutor

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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