prosecutor pros‧e‧cu‧tor [ˈprɒsɪkjuːtə ǁ ˈprɑːsɪkjuːtər] noun [countable] LAW
1. a lawyer who represents the authorities in bringing a criminal charge against someone
2. a lawyer representing the government in a court of law:

• The agreement between the two companies is being challenged in court by a public prosecutor.

ˌpublic ˈprosecutor LAW
an important official in the legal system in a particular area who decides which cases should be tried:

• The public prosecutor's office in Munich has begun the investigation of aircraft makers for violations of export-control laws.

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prosecutor UK US /ˈprɒsɪkjuːtər/ noun [C] LAW
a lawyer in a court of law who tries to prove that someone is gulity of a crime: »

The defense and prosecutors agreed to recommend a one-year jail sentence.

a lawyer who represents the government in a court of law: »

a federal/public prosecutor

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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