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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.
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin, Late Latin prōsecūtor pursuer. See prosecute, -tor Unabridged
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  • Federal prosecutors are suing the company over its alleged failure to provide an adequate environmental impact study of the port.
  • prosecutors on the other hand are desperate for attention and are always looking for the next photo opportunity.
  • Furthermore, until state prosecutors begin to enforce the laws, their validity cannot be tested.
  • Criminal behavior is the province of the police and prosecutors.
  • She has not been charged with a crime, and the university has turned the case over to federal prosecutors.
  • prosecutors asked for jurors to be granted anonymity and requested extra security for them.
  • The images are in the hands of military prosecutors.
  • prosecutors promised that more indictments would be coming.
  • Holder never consulted with the prosecutors in the case, infuriating them.
  • He was sentenced to five and a half years in prison, far less than the life sentence military prosecutors had long sought.
British Dictionary definitions for prosecutors


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



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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