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noun American English pronunciation: prosecution /ˌprɑsɪˈkjuʃ(ə)n/ 
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pluralprosecutions
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the process or act of accusing someone of a crime and asking a court of law to judge them

    He could face prosecution over the incident.

    escape prosecution:

    She narrowly escaped prosecution.

    prosecution for:

    an increase in the number of prosecutions for violent crime

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