Malicious-prosecution definition

The pursuit of a criminal proceeding for a dishonest purpose and without probable cause.
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A common law intentional tort which arises from a party (1) intentionally and maliciously instituting or pursuing (causing to be instituted or pursued) a legal action (civil or criminal) that is (2) brought without probable cause and (3) dismissed in favor of the other party.
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The pursuit of a civil proceeding for a dishonest motive.
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Noun

Singular:
malicious-prosecution
Plural:
malicious prosecutions