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Latin pro sequor: to pursue.


prosecutrix (plural prosecutrixes)

  1. A female prosecutor
    • 1831, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XII, in Romance and Reality. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, [], →OCLC, page 183:
      A man, in the desperation of a refusal (common people take those things strangely to heart), had stabbed the obdurate fair one with his knife. She was herself the prosecutrix.
    • 2002 December 11, Mike Magee, “18 year old DVD Kid "grilled" by Norwegian prosecutrix”, in The Inquirer[1], archived from the original on 18 January 2006:
      The paper reports today that Inger Marie Sunde, a prosecutrix in charge of what the locals call Okokrim (white collar crime), put young Jon on the stand again and probed for inconsistencies in his answers.
      The appellant contended that the trial was rendered unfair as a result of the conduct of the prosecutrix. She accused the prosecutrix of having a conversation with members of the jury in which the prosecutrix was alleged to have pointed out certain items on a flip chart that was erected in the court for the purposes of the trial. This was alleged to have occurred shortly before the trial judge entered the court to resume the trial on the morning of June 9, 2004.
  2. A female victim of a crime on whose behalf the state is prosecuting a suspect
    • 1893 R v Smith. [3]
      The prosecutrix was the wife of a ticket-of-leave man, named Daniel Jackson, and she was also separated from her husband, and lived for some time with a man named Clarke, who died on the day before the alleged robbery was committed. Clarke left a will bequeathing all his property to the prosecutrix, who, immediately on his death, possessed herself of sixty pound in money which was in his box, which she rolled up and placed in her bosom. (The) Prosecutrix shortly after missed the money but could not account how it had parted from her, and the warrant for £30, and bank-note for £20, laid in the indictment, was part of the money so lost. The prosecutrix admitted, that both before, at the time, and some time after she missed the money, she was overcome with grief and brandy, but she could not say which of these acted most strongly.
      In October of 1992 the prosecutrix was 14 years old and in the 9th grade at West Mecklenburg High School. The prosecutrix lived with her parents and her younger sister in Charlotte. Defendant resided two houses away. Defendant was 18 years old and would sometimes come to visit the prosecutrix's father who restored old cars. The prosecutrix had seen the defendant at her father's garage several times and had also seen him inside the house on several occasions when he had used the bathroom.
    • 1997, US v Carter:[5]
      The prosecutrix and appellant were discovered together in the prosecutrix’ bedroom by Ms. Morales, the prosecutrix’ roommate and a key government witness. The prosecutrix was partially dressed and was unconscious. Upon awakening, the prosecutrix claimed that appellant had forced himself on her.