1590s, from Medieval Latin prosecutor, from prōsequor (English prosecute).

Surface analysis is prosecute + -or.

  • (America) IPA: /ˈpɹɑsəˌkjuːtəɹ/

prosecutor (plural prosecutors)

  1. (law) a prosecuting attorney.
    Annie Jay was the Wisconsin government prosecutor in the trial of a man for forging his client's signature.
  2. (law) a person, as a complainant, victim, or chief witness, who institutes prosecution in a criminal proceeding.
    The prosecutor got the witness to admit he was lying.
Related terms Translations
  • Italian: procuratore della repubblica
  • Russian: прокуро́р
  • Spanish: acusador

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