Prosecution Pros`e*cu"tion, n. [L. prosecutio a following.] 1. The act or process of prosecuting, or of endeavoring to gain or accomplish something; pursuit by efforts of body or mind; as, the prosecution of a scheme, plan, design, or undertaking; the prosecution of war. [1913 Webster]

Keeping a sharp eye on her domestics . . . in prosecution of their various duties. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) (a) The institution and carrying on of a suit in a court of law or equity, to obtain some right, or to redress and punish some wrong; the carrying on of a judicial proceeding in behalf of a complaining party, as distinguished from defense. (b) The institution, or commencement, and continuance of a criminal suit; the process of exhibiting formal charges against an offender before a legal tribunal, and pursuing them to final judgment on behalf of the state or government, as by indictment or information. (c) The party by whom criminal proceedings are instituted. --Blackstone. Burrill. Mozley & W. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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