- 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.
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.